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Wintergreen Boxwood
One of the hardiest boxwoods for northern and summer climates, the Wintergreen Boxwood (Korean Boxwood) is a handsome evergreen shrub that responds very well to shearing making it a designers choice for foundation plantings, as formal hedges or to accentuate an entryway. It can be pruned into various geometrical shapes such as a globe, dome, square, cylinder or pyramid. More details below.

Wintergreen Boxwood

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Wintergreen Boxwood
Buxus sinica var. insularis  'Wintergreen'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-9b  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of  USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 4a, where this Boxwood 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

One of the hardiest boxwoods for northern and southern climates, the Wintergreen Boxwood (Korean Boxwood) is a handsome evergreen shrub that responds very well to shearing making it a designers choice for foundation plantings, as formal hedges, or to accentuate an entryway. It can be pruned into various geometrical shapes such as a globe, dome, square, cylinder or pyramid. Spring flowers are insignificant, though quite fragrant.




Landscape & Garden Uses

If left alone, the Wintergreen Boxwood will grow naturally in a dense, rounded form to maybe 5 feet or so in height with an equal spread. With occasional pruning or shearing it can be maintained at 2 to 4 feet in height for hedges or formal shapes. Whether pruned or not, Wintergreen Boxwood is a perfect choice as an accent, in groupings, or in staggered or straight rows as hedges in home foundation plantings and landscape borders. Also a very nice solo or centerpiece in container gardens. 

Spacing:  3.5' for solid hedge; 6'+ for space between plants





Cultural Preferences

The Wintergreen 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. As with so many other plants, a constantly soggy or wet soil can be problematic. It prefers mostly sun but will tolerate some light shade. In our gardens, we've found Wintergreen to have exceptional drought, heat, disease and pest resistance.




Helpful Articles

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




Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  3-5'
Width at Maturity:  3-5'
Spacing:  3.5' for solid hedge; 6'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Rounded
Growth Rate:  Slow to Moderate
Flower Color:  White, inconspicuous but fragrant!
Flower Size:  Tiny
Flowering Period:  Spring
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Dark 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:  
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Insect



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