Dwarf English Boxwood

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Hardy, Versatile Evergreen Dwarf English Boxwood

  • Dwarf Broad-leaved Evergreen
  • Rounded Growth Habit Without Pruning
  • Compact Green Foliage with Year-Round Interest
  • Delivers Sophisticated Structure
  • Ties the Garden Design Together
  • Formal Low Hedges or Sheared Spheres
  • Tolerates Sun & Partial Shade
  • Easy to Grow & Long-Lived
  • Deer Really Do Not Seem to Bother Boxwood

When you need a beautiful way to polish up your landscape, use this versatile charmer. Dwarf English Boxwood ((Buxus sempervirens suffruticosa) is a time-tested, very popular plant to use as a low, bright Boxwood hedge along the edges of any garden bed.

This is a classic plant that stays small with or without pruning.

Boxwood is a sophisticated foliage plant, and this variety is especially useful. This slow-growing, true dwarf Boxwood features a useful compact shape that is such a versatile asset in landscape design.

Dwarf English Boxwood is a broadleaf evergreen with tiny, glossy, dark green leaves that are soft to the touch and stay green all year long.

It's really hard to go wrong with this choice. Rely on the Dwarf English Boxwood to give easy character - whether you keep it tightly trimmed or allow new growth to cloud up into fluffy little tufts.

Dwarf English Boxwood elevates the tone of your plantings with a lush color and soft texture without the need for special care or maintenance. They are easy to grow as long as the soil is well-drained

When you buy Boxwood from Nature Hills, you are buying healthy, established root systems. Our expert growers love Boxwood and take care to grow and develop the important foundation - the root system - of these hardy plants. We always recommend a bag of Nature Hills Root Booster added to the planting hole for every plant.

Take the time to give them a great start and you'll be pleased with how quickly they start amping up the impact of all of your plantings.

With its consistent color and texture, hardy nature, and variety of uses, it's easy to see why English Boxwood has long been a favorite of gardeners since ancient times. It should serve you well in your landscape for many decades to come. Order today!

How to Use Dwarf English Boxwood in the Landscape

This slow-growing, true dwarf boxwood features a useful compact shape that is such a versatile asset in landscape design.

People have used Boxwood for thousands of years in their gardens as short formal hedges to outline rose beds and perennial gardens. Formal English knot gardens are an outstanding focal point. Use these compact Boxwood all-along foundations or front walks.

If you are feeling adventurous, you can even use these in containers for the patio. These make excellent sheared spheres to use as a small accent. They'll make cunning little bonsai plants or topiaries, as well.

For a neat, dense, formal hedge, plant Dwarf English Boxwood 12-18 inches on center. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Dwarf English Boxwood makes the best low hedges for edging. Try lining the perimeter of rectangular garden beds. You'll completely surround the outside of the bed, much as you would use a frame around a painting. Have a favorite urn, garden sculpture, flowering tree, or specimen plant like the White Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry? Plant a ring of Boxwood around its base to highlight it and make it further stand out!

Plant the interior of the garden bed with colorful plants, including Roses, herbs, flowering shrubs, perennials, or even spring-flowering bulbs and annuals.

Don't forget this dwarf plant makes a fantastic naturally grown plant across the front of your home as a foundation plant, in a side yard or around a patio. Repeat Dwarf English Boxwood across the front of a border for a more informal look, and to add winter interest to the border.

See if you like the look of natural Boxwood. The tufts of new growth are sweet, and it saves a lot of time and effort. It feels modern to allow your plants to grow as they will. So ditch the old has-beens like Dwarf Alberta Spruce for a new garden upgrade today!

#ProPlantTips for Care

English Boxwood is a naturally dwarf evergreen shrub, with a rounded nature and compact habit. English Boxwood is particularly resistant to Boxwood Leaf Miners and is generally quite hardy. It's even long-lived, and under optimal conditions can be expected to thrive for up to 150 years.

Dwarf English Boxwood will grow in full sun but thrives in part shade. It's great for reliable performance in partially shady spots where many colorful plants would struggle. You can plant Boxwood under small trees as facer shrubs, without worry that theyll get shaded out. Deer-resistant, youll not have much to worry about unwanted visitors eating your hedges.

It prefers rich, well-drained, slightly acidic soils. Boxwood loves mulch over the top of the roots.

Give it a moderate amount of water. Pay careful attention to watering as your plants get established in the first year in your soil.

Formal planting may need shearing after the spring flush of new growth. Give them a touch-up to snip errant tips later in the summer.

In colder regions, it is best not to plant them out in exposed areas where they could winter burn from being exposed to drying winds when the soil is frozen, though they are very cold-hardy. If you are using them in the colder of their favored hardiness zone, it might be worth spraying the foliage with an anti-desiccant. This will help prevent the foliage from drying out during the coldest winter months.

Ensure your Boxwood has adequate water in fall, don't let it go into winter with dry soil conditions. This will give them resilience against winter winds. Also, don't prune these in the fall as you won't want to encourage a new flush of growth that may be more prone to winter burn. Please wait to prune until they start to grow in spring. A light hand is best.

The Dwarf English Boxwood is very versatile because it grows in most soils, and tolerates sun and part shade. Deer leave Boxwood mostly alone, so it becomes a very important player in large landscapes that may have lots of deer pressure in the area. We always recommend new plants get sprayed with Deer Repellent after planting. Reapply according to directions.

You'll adore these sweet little workhorses. Like a setting on a ring, these small plants allow your colorful planting to shine. Order enough Dwarf English Boxwood to complete your project today!

Frequently Asked Questions

How far apart should Dwarf English Boxwoods be planted?

For a neat, dense, formal hedge, plant Dwarf English Boxwood shrubs 12-18 inches on center. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next. Space or informally group in 3s and 5s for a more naturalized or informal hedge.

How big do Dwarf English Boxwoods get?

Dwarf English Boxwood grows to about 1-2 feet in both mature height and width when left unpruned.

What type of Boxwood stays small?

Dwarf Boxwood in addition to Little Missy is the smallest, while other varieties stay waist-high or under. All Boxwood can be kept pruned and sheared to about any size you need!

How long does it take Dwarf English Boxwoods to grow?

The moderate growth rate of Boxwood makes them especially easy-care and low-maintenance. Dwarf English Boxwood grows approximately 1-2 inches a year in optimal conditions.

What shipping options do you offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and wonts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Dwarf English Boxwood for sale here at NatureHills.com!

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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50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Dwarf English Boxwood Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 1 - 2 feet
Mature Spread 1 - 2 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Insignificant
Foliage Broadleaved Evergreen
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering