Different Varieties of Boxwoods

The boxwood shrub is regarded as the perfect choice for creating mixed garden borders or landscaping the exteriors. It is a sturdy shrub needing minimal care, being resistant to weather changes and most garden pests. There are many varieties of boxwoods and many new cultivars have been recently introduced. You should know about the basic features of each boxwood type to choose one for your garden.

Conventional Boxwood Varieties

The two most common boxwood varieties are the English Boxwood and the Japanese Boxwood. The English Boxwood or the Buxus sempervirens can be easily recognized due to its bigger, upright foliage and a distinct smell. It is also called the Common Boxwood variety and is found in nearly every continent. The Japanese boxwood or the Buxus microphylla has slightly tapered leaves and the foliage is very compact. Due to its much smaller and dense foliage, it is also called littleleaf boxwood.

Japanese Boxwood Variety

The most popular variety is the Green Mountain boxwood. It is also called the Buxus Green Mountain boxwood or the Green Velvet boxwood. Its foliage has the darkest of green shades in the boxwood family with a unique leathery texture.

English Boxwood Varieties

The English Boxwood has been further manipulated into a number of varieties described here.

Newport Blue Boxwood. This shrub has a dark, bluish-green foliage. The foliage is remarkably different from other boxwoods, having a greater horizontal span.

Boxwood Suffruticosa. This is a high-demand, dwarfed boxwood variety. It is regarded as the best choice for making garden hedges. The leaves are tightly packed-in, helping gardeners in establishing easy-to-shape green borders.

Boxwood Pyramidalis. The Pyramidalis is a comparatively recent introduction that originated in the US. It is more suited for colder climates. This upright boxwood variety has leaves with a distinct pyramidal shape.