Buxus 'Green Velvet'
Hybrid Boxwood
 
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Family: Boxwood Family (Buxaceae)
Native Habitat: none- of horticultural hybrid origin
   

 

'Green Velvet' is one of a group of Boxwood hybrids developed by Sheridan Nursery Co., Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Released to the public in the early 1970's, it is surely one of the finest new shrubs to come onto the gardening scene in the last 50 years. In fact, it may be the best new introduction we've seen. It was selected from thousands of seedlings that resulted from hybrid crosses of Buxus sempervirens (European Boxwood- not hardy here) and Buxus microphylla var. koreana (Korean Boxwood). From sempervirens it inherited its year-round dark-green leaf color and from microphylla var. koreana it gained ironclad hardiness and a compact form.

This is a tremendously adaptable shrub. It grows well in full sun as well as full shade. It can be grown as a naturally shaped plant (lower right) or pruned into tight hedges (upper right) or topiary.

Ornamental Characteristics: Dark-green evergreen foliage that does not turn bronze in winter.
Habit & Growth Rate: Slow growing to 4 ft. high and wide.
Landscape Uses: Hedges. Foundation plantings. Shrub border. Deer resistant.
Hardiness: Zone 5 to 9
Culture: Full sun to full shade. Can be pruned to nearly any shape including topiary.
Awards: Recommended, Ohio Nursery & Landscape Assoc.