Chicagoland Green® Boxwood

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The finely textured foliage of the Chicagoland Green® Boxwood (Buxus x 'Glencoe') tolerates pruning and shearing beautifully! Chicagoland Green® is one of our favorites to be used as a dense shrub for hedges and borders! This fantastic hybrid broadleaf evergreens was discovered in the Chicago Botanic Garden and has been a landscaping favorite ever since!

The bright green glossy spring leaves are accented by tiny blooms that the bees love and mature to dark green for the rest of the year. There's no need to worry about bronzing or bleaching in the sun or heat!

Chicagoland Green® is a medium-sized shrub, known for its cold hardiness and good winter color. It grows with a uniform, oval, rounded growth habit that will slowly reach its mature height and width in approximately 15 years. Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 5 to 8, this Boxwood can grow into a 3-4 foot tall and wide round form without needing much maintenance!

Planting and Application:

If your garden needs classic lines and timeless greenery, you will love having the Chicagoland Green® and its emerald green cloak all year! Providing a beautiful counterpoint to a dreary winter and a refreshing sharpness to the dog days of summer. The lush greenery lasts all year long and this mid-sized garden gem will stand out in both sun or partial shade!

Chicagoland Green® is perfect for the classic Boxwood hedge of English garden fame that so many landscaping designers love! This Boxwood would be perfectly happy being the formal gatekeeper to any garden bed or adorning your foundation planting.

Perhaps, though, you aren't interested in a formal hedge, but lean more toward plants shaped geometrically or into fancy topiary? Chicagoland Green® can be sheared into just about any shape and responds well to harsh pruning but also looks great when left to grow naturally!

Have some fun and pot up your Chicagoland Green® in a fancy planter or container and train it into a topiary! Any shape your imagination can think of will suit this shrub just fine! Take it slow and soon you will have a specimen and conversation piece in your landscape, porch or patio!

  • Lush Green Foliage
  • Slower Growing Broadleaf Evergreen
  • Lower Growing Than Wide Compact Form
  • Adaptable & Versatile - Sheared Or Natural
  • Space-Saving Low Hedges, Specimens, Vertical Elements & Containers

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Boxwood requires full sun and handles some part shade in hotter climates, needs to be planted in well-drained soil. Provide moderate moisture for new shrubs, but this Boxwood tolerates some drought and will grow in dry soil but prefers well-drained, loamy, sandy, or clay soils with a pH of acidic to slightly alkaline. These evergreens need some wind protection in winter if grown on an exposed site, otherwise, you can treat them with wilt-stop and it's recommended you water these shrubs very well in the fall to prepare them for winter.

Prune or shear after the first flush of new spring growth. You can shear again in summer to clean up any new growth but allow any growth after to harden off before winter. Provide a 3-4-inch layer of mulch around the root system to keep them happy!

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Well-Drained Soil - Clay, Alkaline & Acidic Conditions
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Prune or Shear After The First Flush Of Growth
  • Deer & Rabbit-Resistant & Easy to Grow!

Order your own Chicagoland Green® Boxwoods at Nature Hills Nursery and wrap your landscape in year-round greenery today! Define and add structure your own way with these trainable, shearable, and low-maintenance evergreen shrubs!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Chicagoland Green® Boxwood Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Buxus x CHICAGOLAND GREEN 'Glencoe'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Insignificant
Foliage Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes