SPRINTER® Boxwood

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Shade Height: 2-4' Width/Spread: 2-4'

Sprinter® boxwood is the perfect choice for evergreen beauty in any style landscape. As a manicured ball it’s at home in formal settings, and left unpruned its springy habit fits perfectly into informal settings! It also manages to thrive in any lighting condition, although it will grow a bit more slowly in full shade. Even at its slowest though, it matures to its full size remarkably quickly. You can’t go wrong with this improved classic beauty! Plus, it doesn’t have the notorious boxwood odor, so your visitors won’t be greeted by a mysterious, and frankly unpleasant, scent before you have a chance to make it to the front door.

Why grow Sprinter boxwood?

  • Fast growing
  • Steadfast evergreen interest
  • No boxwood smell

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Light: Boxwood is one of the only shrubs that reliably thrives in full sun to full shade.

Soil: Any well-drained soil will do; though it is a broadleaf evergreen, acidic soils are not preferred – very slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soils are best.

Water: Average water needs. Though boxwood can show some drought tolerance, excessive dryness causes stress that can lead to pest and disease issues.

Fertilizing: Little needed; one early spring application of a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants is sufficient, unless plant experienced severe winter stress.

Pruning: Sprinter boxwood naturally grows into an appealing globe shape. It may be trimmed if desired – do so after the new growth has emerged but before it hardens off, usually late spring. Remove any winter damaged portions in early spring.

Other considerations: Because it is an evergreen, boxwood can be susceptible to winter damage, with leaves turning bronze, brown, or tan. Minimize any winter damage by keeping the plants covered with a good 2-3″/5-7cm layer of shredded bark mulch. If autumn weather has been dry, water plants by hand up until the ground freezes: winter drought stress is the biggest cause of winter damage on boxwoods.

Botanical Name

Buxus microphylla'Bulthouse' PP#25,896, CBR#5282

Zone

5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color

Yellow

Foliage Color

Green

Height

2-4'

Width/Spread

2-4'

Exposure

Full Sun, Part Sun, Shade

Soil

Alkaline, Average, Moist, Well-draining

Season of Interest

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Year Round

Uses

Borders, Containers, Cutting Gardens, Edging, Low Hedges, Mass Planting, Specimen

Features

Alkaline soil, Compact, Deer resistant, Disease resistant, Evergreen, Winter Interest

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