Wintergreen Boxwood

Wintergreen Boxwood (Buxus sinica var. insularis ‘Wintergreen’)

Wintergreen Boxwood or Buxus sinica var. insularis ‘Wintergreen’ is a type of Korean boxwood with yellowish green/green, oblong shaped leaves. It is also sometimes called Buxus microphylla var. koreana ‘Wintergreen’. Wintergreen Boxwood retains its evergreen color well during the Winter months. It is winter hardy to USDA Zones 4-9. Wintergreen Boxwoods are slow growing evergreens reaching a height of 2 to 4 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide. It grows well in full sun to part shade in well-drained soil although direct sunlight should be avoided. It should be planted in a location protected from strong winds. Wintergreen Boxwoods do better in slightly acidic soil. According to the American Society of Boxwoods, Buxus sinica var. insularis ‘Wintergreen’ is one of the more frequently found boxwoods in the United States.

When to Prune Wintergreen Boxwoods?

Wintergreen Boxwoods should be pruned once a year. However, pay attention to when the last spring frost date is. Prune after the last spring frost. Do not prune too early in the Spring because tender offshoots that grows will be killed by the late spring frost.

Should You Mulch Around Wintergreen Boxwood?

Mulch around Wintergreen Boxwood by adding organic mulch of 1 to 2 inches thick.

What Can I do to Help Improve Air Circulation of Wintergreen Boxwoods?

Every year, improve the air circulation of Wintergreen Boxwoods by thinning plants and remove dead or damaged branches.

Should I Let Snow Accumulate on my Wintergreen Boxwoods?

During winter, remove snow accumulations on Wintergreen Boxwoods to minimize branch damage.

How Big Does Wintergreen Boxwood Get?

Wintergreen Boxwoods are slow growing boxwoods reaching a height of 2 to 4 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide.

Can I Grow Wintergreen Boxwood in Shade?

Wintergreen Boxwoods can grow in part shade. It grows well in full sun to part shade in well-drained soil. Although direct sunlight should be avoided. 

What Kind of Soil Condition is ideal for Wintergreen Boxwood?

Wintergreen Boxwood grow best in slightly acidic soil, well-drained soil.

Where Should I Plant Wintergreen Boxwood?

Wintergreen Boxwood can be grown as foundation plants, small hedges and border plants.

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