Green Mountain Boxwood
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- Sun, Part Sun/Shade, Shade
- Mature Plant Size (H x W): 3-5' x 2-3'
- Deer Resistant
- Winter Interest
- Hedges & Screens
Planting & Care for Deciduous Shrub - Upright Boxwood Green Mountain Hedge
- Typically grown as pyramidal, dense, upright, and pointed, it will need additional shearing as the Buxus plant grows and develops.
- If left unsheared, it will still be a more upright form, but with a looser habit.
- This makes for an excellent hedge or specimen plant that will take sun or shade in the landscape.
- Mature growth is around 5' tall x 3' wide, but can be maintained at almost any size with regular pruning.
- This Buxus plant is a good alternative to Taxus Capitata.
- The Boxwood – Buxus plants are compact and can work in full sun or partial shade.
- Boxwood shrubs thrive on chalk but also prosper on a wide range of other soils.
- Good drainage is vital. Enrich impoverished areas with bulky organic manure several weeks before planting.
Opening Plant Material
- B&B - Soak root ball very well. Dig a hole at least 6" wider and no deeper than the size of the ball on the plant. Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move trees by the tops.
- Containers - Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, remove. Now ready to plant. Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or more, making sure it's wider on the sides.
Planting B&B Trees
- Plant B&B trees in spring or fall. A good indicator if you can still plant is if the ground is still workable you're good to go. If a hard frost is expected be sure to hold off on planting.
- Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
- Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer
- Backfill half of the hole with soil and completely saturate the soil with water.
- Once the tree is straight and located as desired, cut and remove twine. Then, remove or bend back top ? of metal basket. Lastly, remove exposed burlap from top of ball.
- Fill the hole to the top of the ball with soil, then soak well with water and let settle.
- The top of the root ball should be visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
- Add mulch on top of soil making sure to not put mulch against the trunk or stems.
- See our link below “Handling & Planting Guidelines” for illustrations on planting.
- Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot. With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
- Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops. Place the root ball in the hole. Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
- Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
- Backfill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it. Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.
Pruning - After Planting
- B&B - containers - Although it is not essential for B&B or containers to be pruned after planting, a light pruning for shape, to remove any broken branches from shipping, or to thin out a heavily branched plant will help in the transplanting process and in the appearance of your new planting.
Pruning - Through-out the Season
- Typically grown as pyramidal, dense and upright and pointed, and it will need additional shearing as the plant grows and develops. If left unsheard, it will still be a more upright form, but with a looser habit.
- Prune in April-May or July-August – After planting, use hedging shears to shorten shoots by a third to encourage bushy habit. Trim hedges and topiary from April to August. If a bush is old and gaunt and needs revitalizing, cut it hard back in April or May.
Watering - After Planting
- Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
- Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.
Watering - Through-out the Season
- After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain. How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves. Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.
Planting & Handling Help
Download our Planting and Handling Guide below to plan for a successful arrival and install of your plants. Be sure to water all plants as soon as they arrive and every day until you’re ready to plant. Keep any bare root bundles in a shady, cool spot with the roots covered at all times.
Watch our videos on handling bare root plants, how your order is prepared for shipment and more.
What is the difference between Containers, Grow Bags, Bare Root, and Balled & Burlap (B&B)?
Our FedEx and local shipping times depend on two factors, one is by the region and the second is the type of product being shipped. For example, small fruits are only shipped in spring, but majority of our perennials are shipped from spring until fall. Keep in mind the dates below act as a general guide. Due to unpredictable weather, staffing, inventory and industry demands these timelines can change. Therefore, we cannot guarantee any of these times.
Shipping Dates by Region*
Northern Cold Region: April 22nd - November 7th
Northern Region: April 15th - November 7th
Middle Region: April 1st - November 7th
Southern Region: March 15th - November 7th
Local Delivery (small radius from Waterloo, WI): April 22nd - November 7th
Shipping Dates by Season*
Spring Shipping: Region Start Date (above) - May
Fall Shipping: September - November
Due to unpredictable weather, these times may vary. Some varieties are exceptions due to heat and plant health reasons. Enter your shipping zip code at the top of this page and be sure to check the shipping information on each product before you add it to your cart. If the product is too large or restricted in your state, you will not be able to checkout with that item in your cart.