Common Boxwood Buxus sempervirens
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Sometimes called the aristocrat of hedging plants, the boxwood is famous for its use in formal gardens. Crisp, high hedges and ornate topiaries are often the result of nurtured and carefully sheared boxwoods. But don’t let that deter you. It is a versatile landscape shrub that works well as a specimen, hedge, or mass planting—even in the most casual of gardens.
- Makes an outstanding choice for tall hedges
- Grows as an evergreen, with leaves that change from bluish gray-green to dark green as it matures
- Is highly deer-resistant
- Adapts to many soil types
- Will be delivered at a height of 6"–1'
Your Shrub’s Personality
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.
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