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Green Velvet BoxwoodBuxus sinica

  • Green Velvet Boxwood - Buxus sinica var. insularis x B. sempervirens 'Green Velvet'

This boxwood hybrid combines the best characteristics of two other boxwoods—the hardiness and compactness of the Korean boxwood as well as the velvety deep green foliage of the English boxwood. It adapts to a wide range of soil conditions and keeps its color year-round, making it an appealing landscape plant.

If you’re looking for a versatile shrub that can be used for foundation, border, low hedge, specimen, accent, container or formal garden plantings, your search may be over.


Hardiness Zones

The green velvet boxwood can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–9. View Map

Tree Type

This is an evergreen shrub, keeping its foliage year-round.

Mature Size

The green velvet boxwood grows to a height of 2–4' and a spread of 2–4' at maturity.

Growth Speed Slow Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a slow rate, with height increases of less than 12" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The green velvet boxwood adapts to a wide range of soils. It is intolerant of wet soil.

Attributes

This shrub:
  • Can easily be sheared into any form.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.
  • Features small, oval, lustrous leaves that retain their dark green color year-round. (They may get a slight bronze hue in late winter.)
  • Adapts to many soil types.
  • Produces clusters of pale green to cream flowers that are fragrant but inconspicuous.
  • Does not tolerate salt.
  • Needs protection from winter sun, strong winds and heavy snow.

Wildlife Value

Boxwoods contain a toxic alkaloid that makes them unpalatable. As a result, deer and other wildlife tend not to eat them.

History/Lore

Through the years, the boxwood has been associated with formal gardens. Boxwood parterres and hedges can be seen in many of the great gardens of Europe and America. Colonial Williamsburg, especially around the Governor's Mansion, offers wonderful examples of formal boxwood use.