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  • Boxwood: American vs. English

    Boxwoods have been part of American landscapes since the mid-1600s and continue to be a landscape favorite. Widely used in formal and cottage gardens they are a clean, traditional shrub used for edging walkways, creating a hedge and even container gardens. Boxwoods have rich green year-round foliage and can be pruned in the winter to the desired size and shape.

    There are two types of boxwoods: the American boxwood and the English boxwood. While they look similar there are several key differences.


    American Boxwood

    The more common boxwood that grows quickly with a bushy form if left unpruned. The leaves are longer ovals with very pointed tips. American boxwoods are ideal for creating a hedge or screen.





    English Boxwood

    A much denser boxwood with small oval leaves with blunt tips. English boxwoods are compact and grow slowly in a more symmetrically so they hold their shape. This means less pruning!

    Plant boxwoods in a location that receives full sun to partial sun. When planting, amend the native soil with a quality planting mix like Pike Planting Mix at a 50/50 ratio to break up our compact southeastern clay soil and help improve moisture retention.

    If you are looking to match a boxwood that is currently in your landscape or a neighbors landscape snip off a branch and bring it to Pike Nurseries. Our garden experts will help you select the same variety.

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