American Boxwood

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25 Reviews

American Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens

25 Reviews


How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me


A staple of American gardens, the American Boxwood is the classic way to bring evergreen beauty to your garden. Its naturally dense, evergreen foliage is glossy and richly colored. The tiny leaves create a unique effect as a tightly-clipped hedge or an informal mound. Able to grow to 12 feet tall in time, this is the perfect bush for a matched pair of plants gracing your front door and clipped into any form your imagination can develop. Classic cones and pyramids are a breeze, or create spirals and free-form topiary too.

  • Perfect evergreen for hedges, specimens or foundation planting
  • Tiny glossy leaves give a neat form with or without clipping
  • Deer resistant
  • Happy in full-sun or partial-shade
  • Thrives in most garden conditions

Left unclipped the natural beauty of irregular dense mounds will develop with no need for any special attention. The perfect dense hedge or screen, American Boxwood is not troubled by deer and makes an ideal barrier to hide a fence or define the form of your garden. American Boxwood is happy in sun or partial shade in any ordinary soil.

Plant Hardiness Zones 5-9
Mature Width 8-10
Mature Height 10-12
Sun Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun
Zones 5-9

The American Boxwood is an American staple when it comes to privacy screens and landscaping trees. The tree is a rounded evergreen with long, glossy leaves. In spring, subtle light green flowers rest against the dark green of the American Boxwood to create a beautiful show. The attractiveness of the plant is only matched by its functionality. Privacy screen, windscreen, landscaping tool, and more – the American Boxwood does it all!

This Boxwood is the perfect height to create a privacy screen, which is why it has been a go-to in landscaping for years. Reaching 8 to 10 feet tall, sometimes more, is not an issue for the Boxwood, which requires minimal pruning and shaping. Let your Boxwood grow tall and keep out unwanted intrusions. Many gardeners choose to plant the American Boxwood in locations where it can help accent ornamental trees.

American Boxwood Growth Rate

The American Boxwood is pretty fast-growing for a boxwood, reaching between 3 and 5 inches of growth in a single growing season. Fast-growth does not equate to extra pruning. Only prune for shaping or restriction purposes. Remember, the American Boxwood’s growth rate will be dramatically affected by the location, water dispersal, soil content, and daily care.

The American Boxwood is an all-around go-getter! The fast growth rate of the Boxwood is one of its most attractive features. Gardeners love that this small evergreen grows between 3 and 5 inches a year. These same landscapers have asked, and answered, the question: “Why wait 30 years for another type of tree to grow, when my American Boxwood grows the same height in half the time?” Fast-growth means the height and aesthetic design for which you have been searching are within reach.

Using American Boxwoods as a Privacy Screen

Privacy screen and windscreens can be created using the American Boxwood. Instead of using an unsightly fence or spending thousands of dollars on the construction of a man-made windscreen, use the living wall of American Boxwood to protect your privacy. The American Boxwood is the perfect height for growing along backyard perimeters. Plant several of these saplings in rows and, in just a few short years, you can expect a stunning, living privacy screen.

Landscapers find the American Boxwood to be a very valuable tree. Often used as a foundation or border plant, the American Boxwood is easily shaped to suit a variety of needs. Bonsai artists and topiary entrepreneurs love that pruning is entirely optional. You can let the American Boxwood grow to reach its full height, though many choose to prune it back to 6 or 7 feet, or shape it to create intriguing accent plants. The American Boxwood will reach between 8 and 10 feet tall, though variations between 6 and 12 feet have been reported. The tree reaches a matching 8 to 10 feet in width.

Quality of American Boxwoods from The Tree Center

Be forewarned! Not all American Boxwoods are the same. Cost-cutting measures in place at many nurseries aim to place the burden of growth on you. Poorly trained staff sell bare-rooted plants grown from branch cuttings. These will not grow into high quality trees. Some nurseries even replace the American Boxwood with poorer varieties. These replacements will not provide the same growth, growth rate, or benefit the American Boxwood should have!

Invest instead at The Tree Center. Carefully chosen American Boxwood specimens are gently cared for by highly knowledgeable and well-trained plant professionals. When you receive your shipment of American Boxwood, you can rest assured that your plant has been given the tender love and care young saplings need to grow. Partners in planting, The Tree Center puts your plant on the path to success.

Planting Your American Boxwood

After purchasing your American Boxwood from The Tree Center, the next best thing you can do to ensure successful growth and rooting is to plant your tree properly. First, find a location in full sun or partial shade, since the American Boxwood is relatively adaptable. Next, dig a hole that is twice as wide as the plant’s root ball. The hole should only be just as deep as the plant’s root ball height. This will offer the tree room to settle over time. Once the hole has been dug, hold the tree vertically in the hole and backfill with soil and water. If using mulch, apply a layer now.

If you are planting the American Boxwood as a privacy screen, simply plant each specimen in holes between 3 and 4 feet apart, creating a row of ideal Boxwoods.

The American Boxwood grows well in USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9. They prefer well-drained soil, but are entirely adaptable to many different soil varieties. The American Boxwood is not a picky plant. It adapts well to various soils and sunlight exposures. Watering should be regular and modest in quantity. American Boxwoods grow well on a low-pressure irrigation drip or sprinkler system, though many gardeners choose to water by hand as well.

Mulch is one addition to the garden that would most certainly benefit your hedge. Simply apply a 3-inch layer in a 3-foot radius around the base of your Boxwood. Water the mulch and it will help aerate, disperse water, and conserve heat.

Buying American Boxwoods from The Tree Center

The Tree Center offers an enormous range of American Boxwoods in many different sizes. Get the best of the breed by buying your American Boxwood from us today. But act now because The Tree Center’s stock is always changing. The American Boxwood is the number one popular privacy hedge and supplies are limited. Order your specimen from The Tree Center today!

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American Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens

25 Reviews