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Green Velvet BoxwoodBuxus sinica var. insu

  • Green Velvet Boxwood evergreen
This boxwood is broadleaf evergreen hybrid that combines the hardiness and compactness of Korean boxwood with the velvety deep green foliage of English boxwood. It grows naturally to a semi-spherical shape and can be easily sheared to any form. The clusters of pale green or cream colored spring flowers are fragrant but inconspicuous. The small, oval lustrous leaves retain their dark green color year round, but may get a slight bronze hue in late winter. This versatile shrub can be used for foundation, border, low hedge, specimen or accent, container, and formal garden plantings. It adapts to a wide range of soil and site conditions with good resistance to browsing. It is intolerant of wet soil and salt and needs protection from winter sun, strong winds, and heavy snow. It grows slowly to 2'-4' tall and wide. Plant 18"-3' apart for a hedge. zones 4-9.

Hardiness Zones

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

Tree Type

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.


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.


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.