Boxwood WintergreenScientific Name: Buxus microphylla
Best Planted In Zone: 5-9
Wintergreen Boxwood, also known as Korean Boxwood, is an incredibly versatile and popular addition to landscape design. Foliage is bright green when new, and darkens slightly with age. Oval leaves are small and delicate, lending a finely-textured look and feel to this ornamental shrub. This cold-hardy evergreen shrub is slow-growing, typically gains only 2-3 inches annually. At maturity it can reach a height of 2-3 feet and a width of 3-5 feet. USDA ZONES: Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9.
Most PlantMeGreen trees can be shipped and planted any time of year, unless the variety is specified as only seasonal delivery. Packages are typically shipped within 7-10 days from the time of your order. You will receive a tracking email upon confirmation of your PlantMeGreen purchase. On some occasions, severe weather and other unusual issues can delay shipping and delivery of your PlantMeGreen package. Delivery time cannot be guaranteed, if a package needs to arrive prior to a specific date, or at a more convenient time for you, please notate that upon placement of your order.
First, decide on a planting location. Consider carefully what kind of sun, soil, and growing-space your tree or shrub will need. Once you've located the perfect spot, the hole you are digging must be at least double the width and as deep as the root system you are planting (for Boxwoods you should place the crown—the spot where roots flare from the stems—1 inch higher than the level it’s at in the shipped pot). Before placing the tree or shrub in the hole, use your hands to gently break up the root system. Once the tree is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material. Pack down the soil to eliminate any air pockets. When finished, water thoroughly. To insure your plants a successful growth rate and productive life, plant your seedlings per the instructions included in your PlantMeGreen package.
Boxwoods have fragile root systems and they should not have other plants directly around them (except grass). They are easy to grow in most soils but prefer loamy, clay based types. Mulch or gravel create a good cover system around the base. Boxwoods also need regular watering if your area rainfall measures under 5 inches per month and light fertilizing is recommended near the base (just beyond the drip line). Prune annually between late winter and early summer for best results (same with shearing) but doing so after July is not healthy for winter survival. These shrubs will grow up to 10 feet tall but only about 8-10 inches annually so excessive pruning is not needed anyway.