Buxus Sprinter® Description
Full-bodied, dense foliage can be sheared to create a variety of looks in containers or the garden!
Sprinter® Boxwood is ultra hardy and fast growing. It's upright habit makes it ideal as a evergreen hedge plant growing 24-48" high and wide.
Boxwood is used both in formal and mixed borders and remains one of the most popular evergreen shrubs in today's landscape design. Rich, evergreen foliage provides year-round beauty in either sun or shade. They provide structure in the mixed border garden especially during the winter months.
Buxus can be easily shaped and tolerate severe pruning. Excellent as a low growing hedge or used in a knot garden. Their dense, pliable growth, small leaves recover quickly from pruning making them ideal candidates for topiary.
Pruning tip: In areas of heavy snowfall, it is best to shape your boxwood narrower at the top to deflect snow from settling in and causing possible damage.
Ideas on how to use Sprinter® boxwood:
- Low growing hedge plant. They make striking focal points flanking an entryway, archway or edging a garden bed.
- Formal or informal beds. Combine with lavender or other evergreen plants.
- Mixed border plantings. Mixing evergreen and deciduous plants creates continuous color and interest throughout the seasons. Wonderful when combined with roses.
- Containers and window boxes. Boxwood is ideal as a container grown shrub. It can be used alone or in combination with a changing display of other container plants.
- Ground cover. Plant them in grouping beneath small trees and larger shrubs.
- Deer resistant. Replace other shrubs that deer like to nibble on. Deer dislike the bitter tasting foliage.
Growing tips: Prefers a moist, well-drained soil. Fertilize with a controlled release fertilizer such as Osmocote in spring. Best to leave their shallow roots undisturbed. Pruning is seldom needed, except to shape plants. Cut back hedge plants or topiary up to 1/3 in May to encourage bushy growth.
Special features: Cold hardy, Cut foliage, Disease resistant, Easy care, Evergreen, Foliage interest, Multi-seasonal interest, Winter interest
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24-48" x 24-48"
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Accent, Border, Container gardening, Edging, Foundation planting, Hedge, Small spaces
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TN, AK, CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #: Buxus microphylla 'Bulthouse' USPP 25,896
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Soil: Evenly moist, well-drained loam (e.g., sand-clay mixture). Prefers a slightly acidic soil pH between 6.5 and 7.0.
Light: Full sun to part shade - Will grow well in a variety of part shade situations, including open sun-dappled conditions or light shade with several hours of morning sun or early afternoon sun. Plants can grow in close to full shade, but typically are less vigorous and more open with decreased foliage density. When grown in full sun, plant foliage is more likely to scorch, bronze in winter or suffer from mite attacks.
Water: Evenly moist
Spacing: 2 to 4 feet
Fertilizing: Roots appreciate a good organic (e.g., bark or compost) mulch (1-2"). Apply a balanced fertilizer, such as a 10-10-10 ratio fertilizer, or slow release fertilizer (such as Osmocote), after the second year of growth by spreading it evenly over the surface of the soil (follow label directions), and watering it in.
Winterizing: Boxwood is best sited in locations sheltered from strong winds, with, if possible, some protection from full winter sun. Foliage may bronze in winter when exposed to half day to full day sun. Winter winds can remove moisture from leaves at a rapid rate, often resulting in dehydration and bronzing. Carefully remove heavy snow accumulations as quickly as practicable to minimize stem/branch damage.
Maintenance & pruning: Plants are generally tolerant of pruning and shearing. Pruning should never be done prior to the last spring frost date. Pruning too early in spring often promotes tender new growth that may be damaged or killed by a late spring frost. Avoid cultivating around plants because they have shallow roots.
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