Wintergreen BoxwoodBuxus microphylla var. koreana 'Wintergreen'
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Buxus microphylla var. koreana 'Wintergreen'
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The Wintergreen Boxwood is a selected form of Korean boxwood that remains green all winter even in the coldest areas, yet will also grow well across the whole country. For low hedges, clipped balls, shorter pyramids and any other shapes in the garden or in pots, this is the ideal boxwood to choose. It has small leaves in a beautiful mid-green color that will be fresh and green all year round, making the perfect edging for your beds, in sun or shade. One of two clips a year is all it needs to look great, or for something different, plant some without clipping and let them grow naturally into an attractive dense green mound. The tiny yellowish-green flowers are fragrant too, although they are inconspicuous and occur mostly on unclipped plants
Almost any location, in sun or shade, will be perfect for the Wintergreen Boxwood, so you can have hedges anywhere you need them. It will grow well in any regular garden soil, and benefits from mulch and regular fertilizer. Clip from spring to fall and you will always have perfect neat plants. The Wintergreen Boxwood is also more resistant to pest than other varieties of boxwood.
Plain green plants clipped into simple shapes are important ingredients in almost every garden. The simple forms rest the eyes, making us stop and consider what we see, and giving structure and form to the arrangement of our plants. Put a frame around random blobs of color and you have a picture, and put a border around a mixed bed of flowers and you have a garden. If you find your garden looks disorganized and chaotic, the best solution is to add some clean lines and some simple forms.
Boxwood has a long history as the ideal plant for making low borders around garden beds and creating balls and cones for corners and for pots. Even in Japanese gardens you will see shrubs clipped into rounded, wave-like shapes. Unfortunately some kinds of boxwood are just not hardy enough to do well in the colder parts of this country, so it is important to choose wisely and pick the correct plant.
Wintergreen Boxwood is a selected form of the Korean Boxwood, which not only has that plant’s general hardiness, but in addition it has been specially selected to resist the winter browning that is often seen in colder areas. This boxwood will stay green and fresh all winter, even in areas where the temperatures can plunge to a chilly minus 30 degrees. If left to grow naturally it will form an irregular mound of small green leaves about 4 feet tall and 5 feet across. This is an attractive idea, although not often seen.
The much more normal way of growing this variety is to use it to create low hedges, between 18 inches and 3 feet tall. They can be arranged in straight lines or curves around garden beds, separating the bed from walkways, driveways and terraces. This gives order and neatness to your garden, even if the other plants run riot. Clipped a couple of times a year, these small hedges will last for decades, while the plants they contain can change as often as you like. When you get to a corner you can allow one plant to grow taller, clipping it into a ball or a box, or whatever shape you fancy.
The Wintergreen Boxwood will grow well in lots of different light conditions, from full sun to shade, so hedges that move into different areas will look great wherever they are growing. It will grow in any ordinary garden soil, and it will grow best in well-drained soils that do not become completely dry. In hot, dry areas or during mid-summer it is best to keep your plants well-watered. Like your lawn, your boxwood is clipped, so like your lawn it should receive more fertilizer than regular shrubs. Use a fertilizer for evergreen bushes and apply it in spring and again in summer. Put organic mulch over the roots and avoid digging and disturbing the soil around the roots, as they are shallow and easily damaged.
Because the Wintergreen Boxwood is a naturally small plant, it needs a lot less clipping to keep small hedges tidy than other boxwoods do. In fact if you don’t want perfect neat hedges all year, one clip a year will be enough. The great thing about the Wintergreen Boxwood is that the more you clip it, the denser and more solid the growth becomes, so for the best results and the neatest garden, clip two or three times a year – it’s a fun job with great results. For a dense hedge, plant your bushes 12 – 18 inches apart, using the tighter spacing if you want a very low hedge. When clipping, always make the top narrower than the bottom – this is the secret to keeping your hedge thick right to the ground.
Korean Boxwood (Buxus sinica var. insularis) is a relative of the Japanese Boxwood. These Asian Boxwoods are much tougher than the European Boxwood that early settlers brought to America for their gardens. If you live anywhere colder than zone 6 you will have problems with the European Boxwood – its leaves will turn an ugly bronzy color in winter and young growth or whole branches can easily die. The Asian boxwoods are a much better choice, but even they can go bronzy in very cold spots. However the Wintergreen Boxwood is a carefully selected form of Korean Boxwood, chosen because it will not turn bronzy and because it is especially hardy, making it the ideal choice for the coldest areas. Of course it also grows well in warmer climates, so it makes a great choice even down into Florida and southern California – wherever you live this is the perfect boxwood for all your needs.
Because it has been specially selected, this plant needs to be carefully reproduced from stem pieces taken from selected plants of the correct variety. You may see cheaper boxwood bushes available, but these will be of uncertain origin, and you will not see the great results you will get from planting the Wintergreen Boxwood. The Wintergreen Boxwood is a very desirable special, hardy form of boxwood, so we know the demand is going to be high for the top-quality plant. We recommend you measure out what you need right away and order now to avoid being disappointed.
The Wintergreen Boxwood can be planted at any time of the year, but the best time is in the spring or fall. This is when the soil is at its most workable and the temperatures are mild, which will help the plant establish itself before the extreme temperatures of summer or winter. However, due to its hardiness and adaptability, it can also be successfully planted in the summer or winter, provided it is given adequate care.
The watering needs of your Wintergreen Boxwood will depend on the climate and soil conditions. In general, it should be watered deeply once a week, but in hot, dry conditions, it may need watering more frequently. The soil should be well-drained to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot. During the winter months, watering can be reduced, but the soil should not be allowed to dry out completely.
Yes, the Wintergreen Boxwood is an excellent choice for container gardening. Its compact size and ability to be pruned into various shapes make it a popular choice for pots. It can be grown in a pot on a patio, balcony, or even indoors in a well-lit area. Just ensure the pot has adequate drainage and the plant is watered regularly.
While the Wintergreen Boxwood is more resistant to pests than other varieties of boxwood, it can still be affected by certain pests and diseases. Common pests include boxwood leafminers, boxwood mites, and boxwood psyllids. Diseases to watch out for include root rot, boxwood blight, and boxwood decline. Regular inspection and proper care can help keep your plant healthy and pest-free.
The Wintergreen Boxwood is a versatile plant that can be used in a variety of ways in your landscape design. It can be used to create low hedges or borders around garden beds, or clipped into balls or pyramids for a more formal look. Its year-round green foliage provides a constant source of color, making it an excellent choice for foundation plantings or as a backdrop for colorful annuals and perennials. It can also be grown in pots for a touch of greenery on a patio or balcony.
A slow-release granular fertilizer specifically designed for evergreen shrubs is ideal for the Wintergreen Boxwood. This should be applied in the spring and again in the summer to provide the necessary nutrients for healthy growth. It’s also beneficial to add a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture and provide additional nutrients as it breaks down.
The Wintergreen Boxwood can be propagated by taking stem cuttings. This should be done in the late summer or early fall. The cuttings should be about 6 inches long and taken from healthy, disease-free plants. They should be planted in a mixture of peat moss and perlite and kept in a humid environment until roots develop. Once rooted, they can be transplanted to their permanent location.
The spacing between each Wintergreen Boxwood will depend on the desired end result. For a dense hedge, plant the bushes 12 to 18 inches apart, using the tighter spacing for a very low hedge. If you’re planting them as individual specimens or in a pot, they should be given more space to allow for their full growth potential.
Pruning your Wintergreen Boxwood is relatively straightforward. For hedges, it’s best to prune in the spring and again in the summer to maintain a neat appearance. When pruning, always make the top narrower than the bottom to allow light to reach the lower branches. This will help keep your hedge thick and lush from top to bottom. For individual specimens, you can prune to maintain the desired shape, whether that’s a sphere, pyramid, or something more creative.
Yes, the Wintergreen Boxwood is known for its ability to tolerate urban pollution. This makes it a great choice for city gardens or landscapes where other plants may struggle. Despite this, it’s always a good idea to provide your plants with the best possible growing conditions, including well-drained soil and regular watering, to ensure they remain healthy and vibrant.