Suffruticosa Boxwood

Suffruticosa Boxwood

Suffruticosa Boxwood is a popular evergreen shrub cultivated in hundreds of gardens for hedging and bordering purposes. They will grow up to 3 feet in height and they are famous for their dark green foliage. Like most shrub plants, it is a slow-growing plant and you need to do some pruning work from time to time to make them healthy and tidy.

Generally, this shrub plant prefers full sunlight conditions. However, in hot summer days, you’d better plant them in partial shades to avoid the potential sunburn. They like to grow in well-drained soil conditions and swamp area will make their roots rot and cause the whole plant to die eventually. The ideal time to grow them is in spring and you should apply some mulching stuff to help preserve the moisture in hot summer. You should avoid planting them in low areas where the water will be easily accumulated in rainy days. When planting a bunch of Suffruticosa shrubs, you should about 2 or 3 feet apart from each individual plant so that they can form a hedge when fully grown. You can also plant them in containers for good portability.

During the growth, you need to do some pruning work from time to time to keep them tidy. You need a pair of pruning shears as the tool. Remember to do a thorough cleaning before each pruning job to lower the risk of getting infected by diseases. The ideal pruning season is in early spring when the dormant period just ended. You can shear your plants into your desired shape. Some dead and weak branches should be removed as well. Also, some crossing branches should be trimmed to increase the air flow within the branches. The pruning work should be performed after the potential risk of frost has ended.

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