American Boxwood

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The eastern United States is no stranger to the beauty of the American Boxwood. The bush has been planted and cultivated into breathtaking lawn scape for about three hundred years now. The reason why this hardy bush is still such a favorite is the ability to trim them as topiary into any shape or size. Some of the most intricate lawn designs, including everything from mazes to animals, have been made from the boxwood. Also, you can just stick with the name and keep them into �box� shape.

The American Boxwood is a very hardy bush, being able to take cold conditions in stride. Even if piled with ice and snow, the branches will resist breaking. Also, the wind during the stormy season won't be able to cause as much injury to the plant. This makes it a perfect windbreaker. During low rain seasons, the plant will still be able to maintain health. It has been know to keep it's vitality even in drought-like conditions. This variety of boxwood is very resistant to disease, which also makes it long living as well. Another reason why being resistant to diseases is good is that it can help prevent the spread of diseases from one section of shrubbery to the next.

Pruning is actually optional with the Buxus Sempervirens, or American Boxwood. Even when left to grow into it's own natural shape, the health of the bush will continue. If a person wants to shape the bush, they should start early after planting. If deciding to prune the boxwoods, early December is the most recommended time of year. This is quite convenient for some boxwood lovers since much of their foliage can be brought into the home to add to the winter decorations.

Preparation and planting are also easy to do. Some pointers include giving the boxwood partial sunlight, though it is able to take a spot with full sun exposure as well. Also, the surrounding area should also be considered. The American Boxwood can grow all the way up to 20 feet tall if not trimmed or trained. The height and width make it a great choice to use as a property screen. The dense dark green foliage with the boxwood's oval shaped leaves make a very ascetically pleasing choice. Another reason why many gardeners are looking to add the boxwood to their lawn space is because of the small flowers of the bush. Though not spectacular in color as they range from a lighter green to a pale yellow, they have a freshly sweet, pungent smell which is very attractive.

When you have decided that you want to include the boxwood into your garden or yard, it is important to make sure that the bush sets down a good root system. Since the boxwood has a shallow root system, make sure that the soil is very well drained as to prevent root rot. After a good growing season, your American Boxwood will be able to thrive and look good.

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Author: Tammy Sons
www.tennesseewholesalenursery.com

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