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Boxwood plant winter care
Boxwood is a disease and pest resistant tree. It's also one of the most popular tree and shrub choices in the Midwest, which is why we ship it nationwide. It is not a member of the Myrtaceae (rose) family, as many people think. It is a member of the Celastraceae (hedge) family.
Get to know your trees and shrubs better with these helpful hints on how to care for them throughout the year.
Boxwood is a disease and pest resistant tree. It’s also one of the most popular tree and shrub choices in the Midwest, which is why we ship it nationwide. It is not a member of the Myrtaceae (rose) family, as many people think. It is a member of the Celastraceae (hedge) family.
Did you know that boxwood trees are divided into four types based on leaf shape? These are the following:
Cor-Lee is also known as “narrow-leaved boxwood”. It is available as cut and wired plants, as well as bare-root.
Cor-Lee has two variations of leaf shape. The first is the classic, narrow, C shape. It is our most popular boxwood for landscape use. It also has a strong, compact tree that is very easy to root and grow.
The second variation is also known as the “wide-leaved boxwood”. It has leaf blades that are flat, wide, and flat. This variation of Cor-Lee is most appropriate for smaller yards.
We also sell several types of boxwood that are not C-shaped. They are better suited for smaller yards, homes and conservatories.
Flat/Wide boxwoods have long, flat leaf blades that are dark green. It is also better suited for smaller yards and spaces.
Deep/Dark Green is ideal for landscapes, park settings and other outdoor applications. It has a full, thick growth habit with large, deep green leaves.
Medium/Medium Green has a medium leaf blade size with a green color. It is also a good choice for small gardens and smaller yards.
Halloween Monster has a long, narrow leaf blade that has a black color. It is known to be particularly well-suited for Halloween or spooky displays.
One of the things people love most about boxwoods are their wonderful, bold fall colors. They usually change color during the autumn season. This year the fall colors are bolder and brighter than ever before!
For the most vibrant fall colors, choose the version with green leaves. Depending on the variety, you may also find other colors such as burgundy, yellow, orange, red, gray and purples.
It’s easy to learn which type of boxwood your tree is.
Even if the plant comes with a tag, you can find out its leaf shape by looking at the tags below.
Summer landscaping is in full swing, so take time to relax and enjoy your garden this season.
What should you expect from your landscape? Depending on the type and size of the boxwood, you may have different needs.
The width and height of your lawn determines the type of boxwood that is best for your yard.
Here are some basic guidelines to determine what you’ll need based on your boxwood’s footprint and height:
Small gardens and yards
If your garden is 5-feet wide and less than 8-feet high, choose a boxwood variety that is 3-feet tall or less. It will be easier for you to manage and maintain. If you want it to look neat, use a dwarf variety.
To give the garden an elegant look, use a Cor-Lee or Broadleaf variety. If you want to highlight your garden’s beauty, consider adding a specimen variety.
This type of boxwood has thick, wide, deep blades that will give you an amazing impact in your garden.
Mid-sized yards and gardens
For garden spaces that are 5-feet wide and 8-feet to 12-feet tall, choose a medium-sized boxwood. The tall variety may have difficulty reaching your desired height if your garden is tall. For this reason, we offer a variety with medium sized leaves.
Cor-Lee is one of our most popular boxwood varieties because it can reach a 10-foot height. This will help to give you the desired and lasting impact.
If your garden is larger than 15-feet wide, choose a medium-sized boxwood. This is recommended for anyone with a larger garden. To provide stability for the larger plants, we suggest using the Broadleaf variety.
Select a hardy variety for the best results. You may also choose to use one with broad leaves to enhance its landscape value.
Where to buy
Once you have a good idea of what you need, you’ll want to choose the right place to shop. We encourage you to purchase a boxwood that will compliment the rest of your landscape.
If you plan to use the plant in your yard, you’ll want to choose one that has ample growth and height. The taller the boxwood, the more room it has to grow and improve.