Wintergreen Boxwood

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  • Zones 4 - 9
  • Height 3 - 4 Feet
  • Spread 3 to 5 Feet
  • Full Sun

The Wintergreen Boxwood, Buxus sinica var. Insularis ‘Wintergreen’, is a cold tolerant, slow growing broadleaf evergreen can be planted individually or in containers as an accent. These are perfect for growing evergreen hedges and garden borders. Gardeners can also prune these shrubs into unique shapes by heavy pruning initially, then light maintenance after that. Create globes, boxes, ovals and even topiary and bonsai. New growth emerges bright green in the spring and hardens off to a darker green.

These bushes are also great in planters in formal entryways, patios, decks and other locations that get enough sunlight. Because these do not lose leaves in the winter, the planters will provide year round color and design to your home. Though low growing, this very dense shrub lends itself to topiary, and is also excellent as a bonsai plant. Its dark green foliage makes the Wintergreen boxwood a very attractive border and landscaping shrub. This shrub is also known as a Korean boxwood.

Great For A Small Formal Garden - Although the Wintergreen boxwood can be grown as an individual specimen plant, it is often at its best in a formal garden, especially when planted in groupings. It is one of those plants that, while not requiring much in the way of maintenance, is nevertheless enjoyable to work with. It is almost a perfect fit in a small, but meticulously landscaped yard or garden. An added advantage of this plant is that it is not high on the list of favorite foods for either deer or rabbits. In fact, if you have either visit your property, they will most likely totally ignore the boxwood.

Wintergreen Boxwood Care

Pruning Wintergreen boxwood should be done after the new growth appears in the spring to keep desirable shape and size. These shrubs are fantastic for shaping, but if you would like to have a specific shape, do so in the first few years of growth. Then after that, only prune lightly to maintain the desired shape. Trim dead or sick branches as needed throughout the year. Though not often needed, thinning is sometimes done to improve air circulation or lessen the chances of plant disease. Thinning may be required if leaf spot is becoming a problem, but usually only an annual shearing is needed. The shrub, which typically grows only about 2 or 3 inches a year, will assume a shape somewhat like a mushroom if allowed to grow naturally.

Water regularly until established, after that water once a week during periods of no rain. The leaves will turn yellow typically as an indicator that the shrub needs water. Fertilize in early spring before new growth appears. Use a common fertilizer that can be used with woody plants. Root rot may be a problem if the boxwood is placed in overly compacted soil or a soil with poor drainage. With this shrub, taking a little extra care when first placing it in the ground should ensure a healthy, low maintenance plant will be yours to enjoy for many years to come. It is usually suggested that the shrub be planted in a location where it will be somewhat protected from winter winds. Harsh winter winds often cause boxwood foliage to turn an unattractive brownish yellow or bronze. This can at times be the case with the Wintergreen boxwood as well, though it is much less likely to occur than is the case with other boxwood varieties.

Insects And Diseases - As is the case with most boxwood plants, the Wintergreen variety seldom has a problem with pests or diseases. In some instances, leaf spot and blight have been observed, but this seems to happen rather infrequently. Insects which seem to favor boxwoods, leaf borers, mites, and psyllids, do not appear to bother the Wintergreen variety.

Wintergreen Boxwood Spacing

Plant 3.5 to 4 feet apart, center to center when growing a hedge. We recommend planting in odd numbers for the best look. When planting in the shrub border or as a foundation planting, plant 6 to 8 feet apart, center to center.

Wintergreen Boxwood Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-9
Flower Color(s): N/A
Bloom Period: N/A
Exposure: Full Sun
Height: 3-4 Feet
Spread: 3-4 Feet
Spacing: 4-5 Feet
Habit: Upright
Blooms On: N/A
Watering: Average
Shrub Type: Evergreen
Scientific Name: Buxus sinica var. Insularis ‘Wintergreen’
Common Name: Wintergreen Boxwood
Brand: Proven Winners

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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10 Reviews - Wintergreen Boxwood Show Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Jackie Howell on Apr 28th 2022

    It’s very nice but very small.

  • 5

    Posted by Customer on Sep 6th 2020

    I really love how these hedges look. These three were a test. Now I’ll get another ten.

  • 5
    Great quality

    Posted by Jessica Warner on Jul 1st 2020

    Great quality, healthy plants. Very satisfied. The the company is honest and has excellent communication. Thanks again.

  • 5
    Shipped fast and plants are very healthy!

    Posted by Customer on May 20th 2020

    Shipped fast and plants are very healthy!

  • 5
    reviewing my order

    Posted by 702plantguru on Mar 22nd 2019

    Overall, I'm extremely happy with my purchase. I bought 10 of these in the fall, and planted them right away. The bushes arrived in fantastic condition and somehow the dirt didn't get anywhere due to the way they packaged them. The plants also arrived in about a week after I ordered them. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase. This is the first time ordering from this site, but I will definitely be a returning customer. Especially for plants I can't find locally!

  • 5
    replacing my old shrubs

    Posted by Sally on Nov 8th 2018

    I pruned my old shrubs too far down and it was very ugly, so I just had the landscapers rip them out. Planted these in their place. it will probably be a while before these are large enough for a hedge unfortunately.

  • 5
    color year round

    Posted by Alison on Nov 2nd 2018

    I planted these in a few planters in my entryway to my driveway. That way it looks nice year round and I have something that is hardy during the winter. So far these have been really easy to care for and look super healthy.

  • 3

    Posted by Steve S. on Feb 28th 2018

    Bought these in January, and they still have not came in the mail. I emailed them and they mentioned that these won't ship until spring. I wish I would have known that. I'll change my review once these arrive.

  • 5

    Posted by Tom on Oct 7th 2017

    Happy with my purchase.