Boxwood Shrubs

For gardens, containers, topiary, and bonsai

Boxwoods belong to the Buxus genus, which contains broadleaf evergreen shrubs and small trees, grown for their year-round interest. An indispensable perennial favorite, boxwoods are synonymous with hedges but are also perfect for creating a back drop of evergreen foliage. Clipped boxwoods lend an element of formality to gardens that can create stunning contrasts when planted alongside informal perennials. They’re also great accents in beds, borders, and containers.

Boxwoods are profusely branching but vary tremendously in size, shape, leaf characteristics, growth rates, and hardiness, depending on the species. Although boxwoods can grow quite large, compact cultivars are typically used in home landscapes today; however, boxwood shrubs can be pruned to any desired size and shape, which makes them great for topiary. American boxwood (B. sempervirens) and English or dwarf boxwood (B. sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’) are most often used in home gardens, but Harland boxwood (B. harlandii), littleleaf boxwood (B. microphylla), Japanese boxwood (B. microphylla var. japonica), and Korean boxwood (B. sinica var. insularis) are also popular choices.

A fuss-free, low maintenance plant, boxwood grows best in dappled shade or filtered afternoon sun. They are highly adaptable, growing well in a variety of climates and soil types, but they should be protected from full sun and cold winds in winter, which can dry out and damage their leaves. Boxwoods are not just deer resistant, they’re practically “deer proof.”