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Information About Boxwood Shrubs

Boxwood shrubs are a genus of around 70 species of the family Buxaceae. They are slow growing evergreen shrub that is typically grown in warmer climates, but newer varieties can handle frost. These are grown in growing zones 5 to 9. These are some of the most popular shrubs in the United States, and are typically grown into hedges. Gardeners can also prune and trim these shrubs into a topiary and advanced gardeners can grow these into a bonsai. You can also grow these in garden planters for year round interest. These can also be trained into growing into a tree form. Most people will recognize these being grown as hedges though.


Most boxwood shrubs will grow anywhere from 1 to 6 feet tall. However, some varieties can grow up to 20 feet tall when mature. These can grow from partial shade to full sunlight. The plants are very hardy and disease resistant and are low maintenance once established. Pruning these is most of the work that needs to be done.

Boxwoods are native to Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Madagascar, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean islands. The majority of species being tropical or subtropical. In Europe these bushes are known simply as Box.

Common Questions About Boxwood Shrubs

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