Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Edging Boxwood
Dwarf Boxwood

Evergreen Shrub

Outstanding Qualities
Dwarf boxwood is indispensable for hedging and is the shrub of choice for the formal garden. It makes one of the best low, small hedges for the front of a border or to line paths. Its compact habit and very slow growth make it great for clipping, but it also looks great grown naturally as a tight billowy mound. The dark olive green foliage is the perfect foil for most garden plants.

Culture Notes
Boxwood will grow well in full sun to deep shade in well-drained soil. Once established it is moderately drought tolerant, but appreciates occasional watering. It will tolerate sandy and clay soils with regular summer watering and protection from hot afternoon sun. Boxwood has long been cultivated for its superior performance as a hedge or screen. Heavy shearing can be done in mid to late winter with lighter shaping in late spring to midsummer. Tightly sheared formal hedges need trimming once a month from May to August.

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Growing Conditions

Zone: 6, 7, 8

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Full Shade, Part Shade, Deep Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Average, Low


Size: 18 - 60 tall x 18 - 72 wide
Shape / Form: Rounded
Foliage Texture: Fine
Foliage Quality: Fine

Foliage Color: Green

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Container, Edging, Hedges and Screens, Mixed Border, Small Gardens, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden, Deep Shade, Deer Resistant, Tough / Fool-Proof
Wildlife: Bees, Deer Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest
Position / Role: front of border, mid-plane filler
Plant Behavior: Slow Growing
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Great Plant Pick, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Plant Combos