Green Velvet Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens x sinica 'Green Velvet'

14 Reviews

Green Velvet Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens x sinica 'Green Velvet'

14 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.

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Green Velvet Boxwood is the perfect boxwood choice for round specimens or hedges all across the country, but especially in colder areas where traditional English boxwood is damaged in winter. This hybrid variety has the tough genes of the Korean boxwood to help it survive cold winters without damage, and always looks fresh and a rich green color in every season of the year. It can be left unclipped to naturally form a dense, rounded shrub about 3 feet tall and across. It can be clipped into round balls of any size, for planting in pots or in groups in the garden. It can also be planted in a row to make a dense, evergreen hedge anything from 12 inches to 3 feet tall.

  • Hardy boxwood variety for colder areas
  • Natural dense, rounded shape
  • Perfect for clipped specimens in the garden or in pots
  • Ideal for traditional boxwood hedges
  • Easily grown, hardy and trouble-free

Plant your boxwoods in a sunny or partially-shaded area of the garden. It will grow in almost any garden soil that is well-drained. Water regularly when young, but established plants will be unaffected by normal summer dry periods. It has no serious pests or diseases, and clipped plants are normally pest free. Use a fertilizer in spring for the richest and densest growth, but this is a plant that will grow well with minimal care.

Plant Hardiness Zones 4-9
Mature Width 3-4
Mature Height 3-4
Sun Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun
Zones 4-9

Low hedges are a great way to bring order and structure to your garden, and they create a classic look that works especially well with older homes. The most popular and useful plant for this is English Boxwood, which clips easily and always looks fresh and green all year round. The problem is that in colder areas it is not very hardy and can turn brown and die back in winter. Some other types of boxwood (especially the Korean Boxwood) are hardier but they do not make such attractive, dense hedges.

For all those reasons, plant breeders have answered the prayers of gardeners in colder areas and blended the beauty of the classic English Boxwood with the hardiness of Korean Boxwood, to bring us the Green Velvet Boxwood. This plant is an absolute winner in any garden, with its moderate size and dense foliage, but it is a special blessing for those who live where the winter plunges to minus 30 degrees. Those gardeners have previously only looked in envy at the beautiful boxwood hedges of gardens in warmer areas, but now they too can have the perfect, all-year boxwood hedge.

Growing Green Velvet Boxwood Shrubs

Green Velvet Boxwood is a low-growing rounded shrub that will reach 3 or 4 feet in height, and spread outwards by about the same amount. It has small, rounded leaves that are glossy, thick and an attractive shade of rich green. Left unclipped it is a useful shrub for all-year permanence in foundation plantings around your home, or as a background plant among other shrubs or flowers. Most gardeners will choose it for clipped specimens or hedges, to bring order and formality to their gardens.

Uses on Your Property

It will grow well in sun or partial-shade, so it can be used all over the garden – wherever you need a round globe or a low hedge. It looks perfect on either side of a doorway – in the ground or in a pair of elegant pots – or as globes or other simple shapes among dwarf shrubs and flowers. Planted as low hedge it can edge a pathway, a driveway, flower beds, or features like fountains or ponds. Wherever you need a strong green line drawn, Green Velvet Boxwood is your ‘go-to’ choice.

Planting and Initial Care

Choose a sunny or partially-shaded location for your boxwood specimens or hedge. For a hedge, place the plants 12-15 inches apart in a row, preparing the ground before you plant by adding plenty of rich organic material to the soil. The Green Velvet Boxwood will grow in most well-drained garden soils. If you are going to clip your plants into round balls, or a hedge, begin clipping soon after planting, to develop a dense structure. You can clip you plants several times a year, if needed.

Wait until the new growth begins to turn darker green, and then clip. Do not clip late in the fall or during the winter. Always slope the sides of your hedge inwards a little, to keep the leaves growing right to the ground. Use a fertilizer for evergreen plants in the spring, and again in mid-summer for the strongest and healthiest growth. You can also leave you plants to develop naturally. They will become an attractive dense, rounded bush about 3 feet tall and wide.

History and Origins of the Green Velvet Boxwood

The English boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’) is a dwarf form of the American boxwood, which is actually a European plant brought to American in 1653 to adorn the colonial gardens. It was not hardy enough for colder areas, and so other boxwoods from Asia were introduced in the 19th century, including the Korean boxwood. That plant (Buxus sinensis var. insularis) is much more reliable in cold climates. Canadians know well the problems of gardening in cold climates, and it was Sheridan Nurseries, in Montreal, Canada, who used the English and Korean boxwoods to develop ‘Green Velvet’, which they released in 1973. This tried and true hybrid variety was awarded a Gold Medal in 1997 by the prestigious Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Buying Green Velvet Boxwoods at The Tree Center

This is obviously a special variety, and regular boxwoods, especially cheap seedlings, will not have the winter hardiness and dense, rounded form of this plant. Our plants are grown for us by specialist growers using stem pieces derived from those original Canadian plants, so we know that you will receive the true Green Velvet Boxwood, and not some cheap and inferior substitute. Green Velvet Boxwood is a superb and hardy plant that has many uses in your garden. We have a good supply of plants, but we know they will sell quickly, so avoid disappointment, order now and your plants will arrive in a just a few days. Then you can start growing this great plant in your own garden, and see for yourself what a performer it is.

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Green Velvet Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens x sinica 'Green Velvet'

14 Reviews