Buxus sempervirens ‘Aureovariegata’

variegated boxwood

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

If you are looking for something flashy in a hedge or just to lighten up a shady place, look no further than this reliable selection of the common boxwood. Variegated boxwood has evergreen leaves with creamy yellow margins and a dark green center. Even though the leaves are small the variegation shows well, providing an elegant display for the garden. Often shaped into hedges and topiaries, it is also attractive in its natural form as a billowy oval mound.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: round shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Flower Color: green

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to deep shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Wildlife Associations: bees

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Epimedium ‘Black Sea’, Hosta ‘Minuteman’, Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea “Concord’, Eleutherococcus sieboldianus ‘Variegatus’, Erica x darleyensis ‘Silberschmelze’, Hebe topiaria

Great Color Contrasts: purple, bronze, blue

Great Color Partners: white, dark green

Culture Notes
Boxwood will grow well in full sun to deep shade in well-drained soil. Once established it is moderately drought tolerant, but appreciates occasional watering. It will tolerate sandy and clay soils with regular summer watering and protection from hot afternoon sun. Boxwood has long been cultivated for its superior performance as a hedge or screen. Heavy shearing can be done in mid to late winter with lighter shaping in late spring to midsummer. Tightly sheared formal hedges need trimming once a month from May to August.