Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’

edging boxwood

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © David Jones

Outstanding Qualities

Dwarf boxwood is indispensable for hedging and is the shrub of choice for the formal garden. It makes one of the best low, small hedges for the front of a border or to line paths. Its compact habit and very slow growth make it great for clipping, but it also looks great grown naturally as a tight billowy mound. The dark olive green foliage is the perfect foil for most garden plants.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: round shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

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

Plant Width-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 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: Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’, Galanthus nivalis, Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’, Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea ‘Bagatelle’, Carpinus betulus ‘Frans Fontaine’

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, white

Great Color Partners: blue, 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.