Buxus North Star® Description
Durable, beautiful, versatile: what more could you want in an evergreen?
North Star® boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) is a no-prune evergreen, perfect for landscaping and gardening.
Plant it in formal settings, mixed borders, containers, or wherever you need an evergreen accent. It's also a classic choice for herb gardens, cottage gardens, and historical landscapes. Thanks to its ability to thrive in both sun and shade - and its classic good looks - boxwood remains one of the most popular evergreen shrubs in landscape design. Keeps its handsome dark green color and neat, dense shape all year round. North Star boxwood will provide structure to the landscape, especially during the winter months.
Though it does not require pruning, it can be easily shaped and trimmed to your desires. Excellent as a low growing hedge or used in a topiary garden.
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 North Star® 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. Combine with roses for a classic combo.
- Containers and window boxes. Boxwood is easy to grow in a container, though it will need to be checked for water even in winter. It can be used alone or in combination with a changing display of other container plants.
- 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. Avoid disturbing the shallow roots and cover them with 2-3" of mulch for protection and to minimize any potential winter damage. Pruning is seldom needed, unless you wish to shape plants. Cut back hedge plants or topiary up to 1/3 in May to encourage bushy growth.
Special features: Cold hardy, Disease resistant, Easy care, Evergreen, Foliage interest, Multi-season interest, Winter interest
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- Botanical name:
North Star® Buxus sempervirens 'Katerberg'
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- Zone: 5,6,7,8,9
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- Height x width:
24-32" x 24-32"
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Accent, Border, Container Gardening, Edging, Foundation Planting, Hedge, Small Spaces
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- Patent #:USPP 15,998
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Soil: Evenly moist, well-drained soils are preferred.
Light: Full sun to 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 will grow in shaded areas but will have a more open look. When grown in full sun, plant foliage is more likely to scorch, bronze in winter or suffer from mite attacks.
Water: Evenly moist
Spacing: 3 to 4 feet
Fertilizing: Roots appreciate a good organic (e.g., bark or compost) mulch (1-2"). Apply a fertilizer formulated for shrubs (like a rose or tree fertilizer), 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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