boxwood Varder Valley, is smell bad or not so bad

farfraeApril 20, 2008

I posted this on the Shrubs forum also, but would like to ask here. I never had boxwoods before but heard they can have a bad, cat urine type of smell. Which I want to avoid, since the shrubs will be near my front door.

Does boxwood Varder Valley have this bad smell? How about Green Beauty, which is a little leaf type.

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Since the first one is a Buxus sempervirens cultivar it would be expected to have the characteristic odor. I haven't noticed the Asian boxes being as assertive with their aromas.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2008 at 11:24AM
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leahcate(So. Ca.)

Is it universally disliked? I love the smell of boxwood, but assume it's because it always reminds me of my grandmother's home and my childhood. Some dislike the scent of a ligustrum( privet)blossom, while others like it. Am I all alone in liking it or , at least, not minding the smell of boxwood??

    Bookmark   April 26, 2008 at 1:32AM
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Leahcate - I don't think the dislike is universal. I have a keen sense of smell and have had boxwood in warmer climates. When I pruned it, it seemed to emit an earthy amoma which did not make me recoil. Maybe I'm just not such a "sensitive plant" when it comes to scents. Boxwood being such a popular shrub for all sorts of applications - not everyone is turned off.

Many odors can become intensely more cloying to some in hot and humid climates - here in my part of the world, really hot and humid is pretty much an unknown. There are several boxwood varieties that do well here - and I'm going to try a few of them primarily for their deer resistance. I hope they do smell!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2008 at 12:43PM
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leahcate(So. Ca.)

Thanks duluth...good to hear not everyone thinks they smell like cat urine, or whatever :>O At any rate, it's certainly not an over-powering scent. I usually must pick a few leaves to crush to determine if it is boxwood vs. another look alike shrub with no scent ... name escapes me :>/

    Bookmark   April 28, 2008 at 11:05PM
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Has anyone noticed that a large grouping of fragrant hyacinths smell like WD-40, or is it just me?

    Bookmark   April 29, 2008 at 8:31AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

It's just you.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2008 at 8:54PM
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I love the smell of English boxwood and would have more here if it did better in Maine. It reminds me of the old library from my home town that was surrounded by boxwoods that smelled wonderful in the summer.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2008 at 6:05PM
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