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.