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Boxwood ‘Wintergreen’ | Plant Profile

Boxwood ‘Wintergreen’ (Buxus sinica var. insularis), also known as Korean Littleleaf Boxwood, is a dense evergreen shrub. The numerous branches and leaves can be intricately pruned into desired shapes, making it a choice topiary plant.

Foliage can range from yellow-green to dark green. The ‘Wintergreen’ variety is more likely to retain it’s vibrant color winter in cold northern climates.

Boxwood ‘Wintergreen’ are relatively hardy to the Pittsburgh climate and should handle the winters well. They prefer medium moisture and well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. If possible, shelter from strong winds is preferable.

Because of their tolerance to pruning and sheering, Boxwood ‘Wintergreen’ are often used as ornamental hedges when planted in dense rows.


Boxwood 'Wintergreen' Characteristics

Boxwood 'Wintergreen' are one of the hardiest boxwood varieties in the Pittsburgh climate. 'Wintergreen' has an abundance of branches allowing for detailed pruning. These evergreen shrubs can reach up to 5' but are often pruned lower. In spring, fragrant flowers bloom, but their small size makes them an insignificant feature.

Boxwood 'Wintergreen' are low-growing and have shallow roots. To protect the shallow roots from the elements, a thick layer of mulch should be considered. Remove dead branches to maintain a clean look and improve air circulation. Clear away heavy snow to reduce damage that may occur because of the weight.

While other varieties can turn brown in cold winters, Boxwood 'Wintergreen' is most likely to retain its color. Rarely, blight and leaf spots can occur. If located in an area with poor soil drainage, root rot is likely.

Boxwood 'Wintergreen' are a versatile option for many landscapes. In suburban lawns, they can line driveways or other borders. In large landscapes, they can bring elegance to a fountain area or park. 'Wintergreen' can even be pruned into a bonsai.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones  4 - 9
2.00 - 4.00'
3.00 - 5.00'
Bloom Time
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?