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Dwarf English Boxwood, Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’

Proven Winners North Star ColorChoice Boxwood Buxus Sempervirens 4.5 in. Quart

Common Name: Dwarf English Boxwood

Type: shrub

Family: Buxaceae

Zone: 5 to 8     Find Your Zone

Height: 1 to 2 feet

Width: 1 to 2 feet

Bloom Time: April to May

Bloom Color: greenish white

Sun exposure: Full sun to part shade

Soil: well drained

Leaves: evergreen

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen

Deer resistant: Yes

Pruning: Ideally boxwood prefer to be pruned or sheared from February to July but can be trimmed in winter as well. Heavy pruning for boxwood should only be done in late February to mid-march.

Partial shade is preferred, as full sun can scorch leaves. Flowers are insignificant when blooming in April and May. Suffruticosa resembles some lower growing hollies but with a lighter colored leaf. ‘Suffruticosa’ is resistant to Holly Blight, therefore some varieties would be a good alternative to replace shorter varieties of hollies. ‘Suffruticosa’ is the most resistant to Leafminers.


Use ‘Suffruticosa’ in containers as an accent or a topiary. It also makes a good short hedge or border.




STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type.
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-08-30T20:20:02+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL