Boxwood: planting, pruning and caring for boxwood

The boxwood is a beautiful shrub which probably best characterizes the French garden.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Buxus
Family: Buxaceae
Type: Shrub

Variable (max 4m)
Ground : Ordinary
Interview : easy

Exhibition: Sun and partial shade -Foliage: Persistent

  • Disease: treat boxwood moth
  • Pruning: cut the boxwood well

Planting, caring for, pruning or even watering potted boxwood are all things that will turn them into magnificent shrubs.

How to plant a boxwood

Boxwood is planted at theautumn preferably or at spring. In the first case the recovery will be easier and in the second it will be necessary to water regularly after planting your boxwood.

Boxwood in a pot:

Boxwood in a pot deserves some precautions when planting because it is the assurance of seeing it grow in the best conditions.

  • Plant the boxwood in a pot in a planting or potting soil.
  • Make sure the pot is well drilled at the bottom
  • Place a draining layer of pebbles or clay balls at the bottom to prevent the roots from stagnating in the water.
  • Water regularly.

Boxwood in the ground:

In the ground, if you want a low hedge, plant your boxwood 15-20cm high at intervals of 20 to 25cm.

  • Use potting soil mixed with soil from your garden.
  • After planting, water abundantly, tamp down the earth and water again.
  • Water regularly the first year after planting.

Boxwood pruning and maintenance

Boxwood is a shrub that requires very little care. The only maintenance usually comes down to pruning which can even become an art when handled with skill!

Easy to maintain, boxwood therefore requires virtually no care apart from pruning.

Regular watering the 1st year is recommended for subjects planted in the ground.

Regular pruning ensures the beauty of the boxwood for which it is famous.

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Boxwood that withers:

In general, a diseased boxwood is often the result of an attack by the boxwood moth.

It is a caterpillar that feeds on boxwood leaves and can wipe out the shrub in just a few days.

Here's how to treat the boxwood moth

The other reason can be watering because boxwood, especially in pots, dreads prolonged drought.

Boxwood watering

Boxwood in the ground is quite resistant, but potted boxwood can quickly suffer in drought. A lack of watering can even doom it.

Watering boxwood in pots:

  • Boxwood can very quickly run out of water, you will then see its foliage turn yellow and dry out.
  • In case of heat, do not hesitate towater regularly without flooding the roots.

Watering boxwood in the ground:

  • No watering is essential except in case of drought and only if you see the foliage turning yellow.

To know about boxwood

Boxwood is very well known in our "French gardens" for its easy size, which allows it to give it almost any desired shape.

It is thanks to its small leaves and its very compact appearance that we can indulge in real sculptures.

This size is often for some of us a real passion and a real art.

Its hard wood and tough leaves allow it to have a very long lifespan, sometimes several centuries ...

Today the boxwood is threatened by a caterpillar which attacks the leaves and can devastate the shrub in a matter of weeks.

  • Disease: treat boxwood moth
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Boxwood species and varieties

There are nearly a hundred species that are distinguished primarily by the color, shape and size of the leaves.

They range from creamy white to dark green, passing through shades of yellow.

  • Buxus Sempervirens: It is the common boxwood which comes in several varieties.
  • Buxus Sempervirens Suffruticosa: The quintessential border boxwood is a dwarf variety.
  • Sempervirens Rotondifolia: It has large, dark green leaves.
  • Buxus Sempervirens Aureo-variegata: It has attractive foliage variegated with yellow and green.
  • Sempervirens Arborescens: Boxwood ideal for ball or cone formation.
  • Buxus Sempervirens Elegans: Variegated boxwood with a conical shape.
  • Buxus Sempervirens Pyramidalis: It has an interesting pyramidal shape and great hardiness.

Smart tip

Boxwood is ideal for growing in pots or in containers for terraces and balconies.

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Photo © Eden

Video: Caring for your Buxus Boxwood Plants (January 2022).