05-21-2012 10:10 AM
Craig here, bring you a question that appeared on the Apron Blog.
fran is wondering about the difference between two varieties of boxwood:
"Can someone tell me the difference between wintergreen boxwood and wintergem boxwood.A few years ago I purchased 2 wintergreen boxwood and I would like 2 more . I have tried numerious Home Depots and cannot find them.But they do have wintergem. I already have 4 wintergem and they look alike but do not seem the same.Also where can I find wintergreen?"
Will wintergem boxwoods match her wintergreens? Or are those just two different names for the same variety?
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05-21-2012 03:16 PM
This is a question that I've dealt with for years and there has even been debate if they are one in the same...so here is the answer.
Let's start with the Wintergem...
The Wintergem Boxwood (buxus microphyllia) has dark green oval-shaped leaves with compact growth habit, 3 to 4 foot high with 2 to 3 feet width. The dark foliage keeps its color through summer and winter, uses modest water, and likes full to part sun.
The Wintergreen Boxwood is commonly known as Korean Boxwood (Buxus Microphylla var.koreana) and has a 3-5 foot height and 2-3 foot width. Wintergreen is a slow grower and does better in shade, however this variety needs a bit more watering in late fall.
Both of these boxwood types have a hardiness zone of 5-8, so l would ask your Home Depot garden associate if they have them available.
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05-22-2012 01:14 PM
Hey Craig...BostonRoots here, Coach Dave was so right with all his differences between the wintergreen and wintergem boxwood, I only have one to add. The wintergem is one of my favorite varieties because of its leaf shape. It seems to me, to have a more pronounced convex detailed shape, compared to its more flattened cousin wintergreen. I think it has a bit more leaf luster because of it. A bit more shine when water or sun hits it! Who doesn't need more sparkle? So if there is to be a planting run of boxwood, with those two types that is how they may differ a bit! Wintergem stay very green in the cold winters of the northeast! It truly is a gem!