Question regarding 'Dwarf English Boxwood'

ashug987July 22, 2007

I recently bought the "Dwarf English Boxwood" from lowes. I want to put it along both side of my drive way which is about 80 feet long, I bought about 100 of these 2 gallon plants to cover the whole length.

I actually looked at the "Wintergem boxwood" as well, and I was told that in the WA weather its not a much advantage to get the wintergem (which is known for retaining its color during the winter), however we do get winters and seem temperature going to 15-20 degree Fahrenheit

Now when I am looking at the instructions, its saying that I should space it apart by 6Â and on maturity it will attain 7Â in height. Whereas I remember the wintergem was listed as 2Â spacing and 2Â maturity height.

I do want to get only upto 2Â Â 3Â height and not interested in the longer shrubs and I do want the thick shrub sooner than waiting for years.

So I am wondering if the expert here can educate me more about the "Dwarf English Boxwood" (Buxus semepervirens "Suffruticosa"). How much should be the ideal spacing (Do I really need to space them 6Â apart as recommended) ? Can I just trim it to keep the height controlled at about 3Â?

Or should I go back to the wintergem boxwood?

Thanks in advance


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shadygrove(z7 VA)

The plant you have purchased should make a fine small hedge--do a Google search on what you have to learn about it. How close to plant it depends on how long you are planning on could actually plant fifty on either side of your eighty feet. The true "suffruticosa" (whether or not this is actually what Lowe's sells under this name, I don't know and may be more to the point) takes a hundred years to get anywhere, so don't worry.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2007 at 7:45AM
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I agree with shadygrove, while 'true' suffruticosa potentialy could be a large shrub (say 5x5 or taller) it's not going to happen in your life time and your kids either.
Count on 2-3" growth per year and clipping when needed. 45-50 plants per 80' will give you a good hedge appearance right from the start.
One suggestion though, if you are looking for the formal hedge, you may want to put aside a few plants (5-6) and plant them somewhere else, but in a similar lighting conditions.
If something happen with one-two-three members of your hedge you might have a problem to find an immediate substitute for them. By growing your own substitutes you making sure you always have an uninterrupted hedge.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2007 at 9:47AM
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Great!!! Thanks shadygrove and ego45 for gret inputs. This was really informative.

Wondering if I made the right decision choosing the boxwood over the wintergem as suggested by the lowes representative?

    Bookmark   July 23, 2007 at 3:52PM
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    Bookmark   January 5, 2011 at 5:46PM
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I live in San Antonio, Tx - have admired small (2' x 3') round, compact green shrubs that look like gumdrops on the ground i.e., no branches are showing at ground level. Is this the habit of the Dwarf English Boxwood or does the plant have to be pruned to achieve the "gumdrop" shape. Thanks in advance

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 8:26PM
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