The Green Velvet Boxwood (Buxus x ‘Green Velvet’) is a fantastic cultivar that is grown for its superior foliage and leaf color! It has true green leaves that are notably cold-hardy and evergreen throughout the year. New leaves emerge bright green and mature to the characteristic velvety green of this species.
This is a very low-maintenance shrub that maxes out at about 3-4 feet high and wide at maturity.
These Boxwoods are ideal choices for formal hedges thanks to their dense growth and petite leaves. A light trim or two every year will keep them looking nice and tidy. They also make for nice topiaries as well. Because they have a reliable growth habit, though, they don’t actually require any pruning. Let them grow freely and they’ll grow together in a rolling cloud-like shape. This really is one of the most easy-care varieties that you could plant.
This is an extremely deer resistant plant as well.
Green Velvet Boxwood Care
This is one of the most cold-hardy Boxwoods around. It grows well in USDA Zones 4-9.
Plant them in Full Sun to Part Sun for best results. We don’t recommend planting them where they will receive less than 3 hours of direct sunlight.
Water your new plantings 2-3 times per week for their first growing season in your landscape. This will encourage them to produce more roots that will help them succeed over time.
Fertilize in spring with a slow-release balanced fertilizer.
How to Plant:
- First, determine your planting location(s).
- Dig a hole that’s roughly three times as wide as your plant’s rootball.
- The hole should only be deep enough that the top of the plant’s root ball is even with (or slightly above) the natural ground around it.
- Mix your native soil with some rich garden soil or composted manure to provide extra nutrients for your growing plant.
- If your soil is clay-rich, we recommend mixing pine bark in with your soil at a ratio of about 1:1. This will improve the drainage and breathability of the soil.
- Put the plant in the hole and fill in around it with your soil mixture.
- Use a hose to soak your new planting and settle the soil.
- Water your new planting twice per week in average weather conditions. Water more often in extreme drought/heat conditions, water less often in wet weather.
- After the first growing season, your Green Velvet Boxwood will rarely need supplementary water.
- For a tight seamless hedge, you can plant them as close as 1.5 feet apart. If you don’t want to go that close, planting them at 2 feet apart will also work. However, it will take a bit longer.
- For space between plants, plant them over 4 feet apart.
Popular Companion Plants for the Green Velvet Boxwood
- For formal landscapes, try planting them with upright evergreen trees like Juniper Trees or the Dwarf Alberta Spruce.
- In mixed garden beds, try them alongside other compact shrubs that have contrasting foliage (or bloom) color or texture. We recommend the Juliet Cleyera, Sunshine Ligustrum, and the Purple Daydream Loropetalum.
- Plant perennials in front of your hedge to add extra interest. Try Gerber Daisies, Daylilies, and Agapanthus.
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