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Highlander Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens 'Highlander' (PP# 22,978)

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Highlander Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens 'Highlander' (PP# 22,978)

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Botanical Name

Buxus sempervirens 'Highlander' (PP# 22,978)

Outdoor Growing zone


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Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade

The Highlander Boxwood is probably the fastest growing English boxwood available, reaching 30 inches a year exceptionally, and growing 24 inches a year under ordinary circumstances. It makes taller hedges possible within a few years, normally reaching 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide within 5 years. It is also ideal for upright shapes, like columns, square or round cones, and spirals. Left unclipped it makes an attractive upright evergreen for accents in any bed. It has extremely dark-green leaves, which hold their color all year round, without any significant browning or bronzing.

  • Upright, pyramidal growth form
  • Exceptionally dark, rich-green foliage color all year round
  • Very fast growth of 2 feet a year or more
  • The best plant for taller hedges in a hurry
  • Ideal for pyramid and spiral accents

In full sun or partial shade is the ideal spot to plant the Highlander Boxwood. It will also tolerate light full shade, such as near deciduous trees or on the north side of a wall. It grows in any well-drained soil, and benefits from richer soils kept moist, for the best growth. Use evergreen fertilizer when young, and trim in late spring after the first growth has darkened, and then as needed. Don’t trim in late fall, to avoid winter injury. The vigor of this variety protects it from the common pests and diseases that affect other boxwoods.