Faulkner BoxwoodBuxus microphylla 'Faulkner'
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Buxus microphylla 'Faulkner'
Outdoor Growing zone
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
The Faulkner Boxwood is a versatile plant that can thrive in a variety of conditions. It prefers well-drained soil but can tolerate a range of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils. This plant does best in partial to full sun, but it can also tolerate some shade. Once established, the Faulkner Boxwood is drought-tolerant, making it a good choice for areas with dry summers. It’s also hardy in USDA zones 5-9, meaning it can withstand winter temperatures down to -20 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pruning your Faulkner Boxwood is a straightforward process. It’s best to prune in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. This plant can be shaped into a variety of forms, from a simple rounded shrub to more complex topiary designs. Regardless of the shape you choose, be sure to remove any dead or damaged branches as you see them. This will help keep your plant healthy and vibrant.
While the Faulkner Boxwood is generally a hardy plant, there are a few pests and diseases you should be aware of. One is boxwood blight, a fungal disease that can cause leaf loss and dieback. Another is the boxwood leafminer, a small fly whose larvae feed on the leaves of the plant. Deer may also find your Faulkner Boxwood tasty, so consider using a deer repellent if these animals are common in your area.
When you first plant your Faulkner Boxwood, it’s important to water it regularly until it’s established. This usually takes about a year. After that, this plant is quite drought-tolerant, so you won’t need to water it as often. However, it’s still important to provide water during extended periods of dry weather. Be careful not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot.
The Faulkner Boxwood is a versatile plant that can be used in many ways in landscaping. Its dense, evergreen foliage makes it a great choice for hedges and borders. It can also be shaped into a variety of forms, making it suitable for topiary. Plus, because it’s an evergreen, it provides interest in the garden year-round.