Boxwoods are a favorite for gardeners and are usually planted in rows. The bright green foliage of boxwood makes it a very popular evergreen shrub. When planted in a row, boxwoods add a manicured look and a sense of elegance to any garden.

Boxwoods have dense, evergreen foliage making them very popular shrubs for hedges. When planted tightly in a row, boxwoods are great for privacy hedges.

## How Far Apart Should You Plant Your Boxwoods?

**Boxwoods planted in a row should be planted 2 to 3 feet apart. However, if you are trying to build a hedge, then you need to plant the boxwoods closer together. For boxwood hedges, you should plant boxwoods 1 to 2 feet apart. **

## How Far Apart to Plant Boxwoods for Hedges?

If you are using boxwoods for hedges, you need to plant boxwoods closer together. The boxwood spacing for hedges will depend on the type of boxwood you are planting. In general, you take the width of the boxwoods when it is mature and divide it by two and that is how far apart to plant your boxwoods.

## How Far Apart to Plant American Boxwoods?

American boxwoods (*Buxus sempervirens*)should be planted 4 feet apart. When planting American boxwoods, measure from the center of one boxwood to the adjacent boxwood, that distance should be 4 feet.

If you are building a hedge with your American boxwoods, plant them closer together. Space out your American boxwoods 2 feet apart to build a hedge. That should be enough spacing for you to build a hedge with your American boxwoods.

## How Far Apart to Plant Dwarf English Boxwoods?

Dwarf English boxwoods (*Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’*) should be planted 2 feet apart. Measure from the center of one boxwood to the adjacent boxwood, that distance should be 2 feet.

If you are building a hedge with your Dwarf English boxwoods, you should plant them closer together. Plant your Dwarf English boxwoods, 1 foot apart to build a hedge.

## How Far Apart to Plant Green Velvet Boxwoods?

Green Velvet boxwoods (*Buxus x ‘Green Velvet’*) should be planted 3 feet apart. Measure from the center of one boxwood to the adjacent boxwood, the distance between the Green Velvet boxwoods should be 3 feet.

If you are building a hedge with your Green Velvet boxwoods, you should plant them closer together. Plant your Green Velvet boxwoods, 1 foot apart to build a hedge.

## How Far Apart to Plant Green Gem Boxwoods?

Similar to Green Velvet boxwoods, the plant spacing for Green Gem boxwoods (*Buxus x ‘Green Gem’*) should be planted 3 feet apart. Measure from the center of one boxwood to the adjacent boxwood, the distance between the Green Gem boxwoods should be 3 feet.

To build a hedge with your Green Gem boxwoods, you should plant them closer together. Plant your Green Gem boxwoods, 1 foot apart to build a hedge.

## How Far Apart to Plant Sprinter Boxwoods?

Sprinter boxwoods should be planted 3.5 feet apart. Measure from the center of one boxwood to the center of the adjacent boxwood, that distance between the Sprinter boxwoods should be 3.5 feet. Sprinter boxwoods are fast-growing boxwoods.

To build a hedge with your Sprinter boxwoods, you should plant them closer together. Plant your Sprinter boxwoods, 1.5 feet apart to build a hedge.

## How Far Apart to Plant Wintergreen Boxwoods?

Wintergreen Boxwood (*Buxus sinica* var. *insularis* ‘Wintergreen’) should be planted 4 feet apart. Measure from the center of one boxwood to the center of the adjacent boxwood, the planting distance between the Wintergreen boxwoods should be 4 feet.

To build a hedge with your Wintergreen boxwoods, you should plant them closer together. Plant your Wintergreen boxwoods, 2 feet apart to build a hedge.

## Boxwood Spacing Calculator for Hedges

If you are using boxwoods for hedges, use the Boxwood Spacing Calculator below to calculate how far apart to plant boxwoods. Remember the spacing between boxwoods is measured as the distance from the center of one boxwood to the center of the adjacent boxwood. The calculator below will also tell you how many boxwoods you need to plant for your hedge.

## Boxwood Spacing Calculator for Planting Boxwoods in a Row (Non-Hedge)

Compared to boxwood hedges, if you are planting boxwoods in a row as a grouping, you can have a little more space between boxwoods. Use the boxwood spacing calculator below to figure out how far apart to plant boxwoods. We have adjusted the Boxwood Spacing Calculator for planting boxwoods in a row and not hedges.

## How Far to Plant Boxwoods from the House?

Boxwoods are often planted in a row in front of the house. Boxwoods are good foundation shrubs, giving the house a manicured look. However, don’t plant boxwoods too close to the house. Planting boxwoods too close to your house can harm boxwoods.

Boxwoods should be planted 2 to 3 feet away from the house. Dwarf boxwoods should be planted 2 feet from the house while larger boxwoods such as Winter Gem boxwoods should be planted 3 feet from the house.

Never plant boxwoods too close to downspouts. The water accumulation from the downspout will kill your boxwood. If you have boxwoods near downspouts, move them immediately and replant it in another location.

## What will Happen If You Plant Boxwoods Too Close Together?

Planting boxwoods too close together is not ideal for your boxwoods. The roots of your boxwoods will grow too close together.

However, if you plant boxwoods too close together, it is not the end of the world, you can always prune the foliage to keep the boxwoods spaced out the way you want them. It will just be more pruning and maintenance to keep it at the right distance.

## What Do You Do if You Plant Boxwoods Too Far Apart?

Planting boxwoods too far apart will result in large gaps between boxwoods. Since boxwoods are slow-growing shrubs, it can take *years* to close the gap between boxwood plants! If you are using boxwoods as a privacy hedge, you don’t want large gaps between boxwoods.

The best way to prevent spacing issues with boxwoods is to get the spacing right when you first plant your boxwoods. Use the calculators to help you compute how far apart to plant boxwoods. If you are trying to build a hedge, you will need to use the Boxwood Calculator for Hedges. The Boxwood Spacing calculator above will help you determine how far apart to plant boxwoods and calculate how many boxwoods you need to buy for your hedge.

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