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Shadow Sentry Boxwood
Buxus 'Shadow Sentry'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone 

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of  USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a, where this Bowood is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

Shadow Sentry Boxwood is an evergreen shrub with a distinct columnar form that will be an exclamation point in your landscape! Shadow Sentry has a moderate growth rate where many other columnar boxwoods are considered slow growers. In our gardens it has grown a little faster than other cultivars. The handsome medium green leaves retain their color in winter.

Landscape & Garden Uses

With no pruning, Shadow Sentry Boxwood might reach 8 feet or more at maturity with a columnar form. Height is easily controlled with occasional top pruning. Some sources say this boxwood will grow 2-3 feet wide, however, based on the columnar shape of the specimens in our landscape, we're thinking more like 18-24 inches at maturity. Either way it's easy to maintain at 2 feet in width. It's narrow upright form makes Shadow Sentry an excellent choice as a specimen anywhere in the sunny to partially shaded landscape or as a vertical accent in home foundation plantings. It is a perfect choice for a narrow hedge to fence in patios and other outdoor living spaces for privacy. Also a nice centerpiece in medium to large containers of 16 inches or more in diameter.

Suggested Spacing:  18 inches for solid hedges;  3 feet or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

The Shadow Sentry Boxwood is exceptionally easy to grow when planted right and in the right spot. It adapts to most soil types, preferring a moist but well drained soil of average fertility. As with so many other plants, a constantly soggy or wet soil can be problematic. It prefers mostly sun but will tolerate some shade. In our gardens, we've found it to have exceptional drought, heat, disease and pest resistance.

Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Boxwood shrubs.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone 
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  6-8'
Width at Maturity:  24"-36"
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Columnar
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  Cream, inconspicuous
Flower Size:  Tiny
Flowering Period:  Spring
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist to Somewhat Dry
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention and Interest
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Insect

Plant Long & Prosper!

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