Buxus sempervirens 'Elegantissima'
very striking boxwood that is most commonly used as an accent plant.
Has rather small leaves that are splashed with cream coloring. Slow to
moderate growth - likes full sun to partial shade. Does best in
slightly moist, cool soils that drain well - does not like clay soils,
as the drainage is inadequate. May be kept at just about any size or
shape through trimming / pruning. Makes an excellent accent when
planted amongst larger plantings of solid green color, or against any type of darker / solid colored backdrop. Has a slightly
more upright, columnar type growth habit than many boxwoods if left
Plant Facts & Specifications--Mature Height :
4 - 6 ft
--Mature Width :
3 - 5 ft
--Growth Rate :
Slow to moderate ( 3" - 6" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones :
5 - 8 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below)
--Sun Exposure :
Full sun to partial shade
--Soil Preference :
Average. Slightly cool & moist - fertile. Mulching recommended.
--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen Broadleaf - foliage
slightly smaller than many typical boxwood varieties - slightly oval
shaped. Coloration is a medium bright green with creamy white edging /
variegation. Our plants here at our nursery have shown absolutely no
color difference at all throughout the winters - keeps a good clear
color display with good contrast.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
small, creamy yellow flowers develop in small clusters in April - May,
and are actually quite fragrant for the brief time that they are
present. Small 1/3 " long seed pods generally follow, and are three
horned with each individual "valve", or section containing two seeds.
--Diseases / Insects :
the more prevalent problems one might be confronted with when growing
Boxwood would be: Canker, root rot, boxwood leaf miner, boxwood
webworm, nematodes, and boxwood mites. Most all of these pests /
problems are much more commonly seen on Buxus sempervirens cultivars -
other variations / hybrids seem to show much more resistance to these
problems. Root rot ( Phytopthora ) can be a problem in inadequately
drained soils, and is usually indicated by a lighter "off color" to the
foliage. Annual treatment / inspection is strongly recommended during
the early growing season in order to monitor any possible problems, and
as a preventative action.
--Recommended Spacing :
Approximately 2 feet apart for most typical hedge plantings - widen
spacing if distinction from one plant to another is desired.
--Deer Resistance Rating : Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.