Green Mountain Boxwood is a favorite of landscapers and gardeners all over the US. It has impressive cold-hardiness and resistance to deer and rabbits. It is evergreen with very little winter bronzing compared to most boxwoods. It has a moderately slow growth rate with an oval habit, making it perfect for growing as a hedge. It responds very well to pruning and tolerates a wide range of growing conditions. Boxwood in the images shown in garden settings have been pruned into hedges or spheres. Boxwood can be pruned into any shape you see fit. The #1 Green Mountains are naturally ovular or egg-shaped, but can easily be pruned into spheres or boxed into any rectangular or square shape you see fit.
Which size is right for you?
Tree Pot: Starts at $4.30 per plant, healthy roots, lowest starting cost, ~7 year wait
1 Gallon: Starts at $17.99 per plant, easy size to manage, low starting cost, ~5 year wait
InstantHedge™: Starts at $134.99 per unit, 18-24” height, easy to install, no wait
About Green Mountain Boxwood
There are hundreds of boxwood varieties available on the market today. Despite this abundance of choices, many growers grow only one: Green Mountain. This isn’t from laziness or a lack of creativity. Green Mountain simply checks all the boxes! It is a hybrid between Buxus sempervirens and Buxus koreana that was selected by Sheridan Nursery in Ontario, Canada. It has impressive cold-hardiness for a boxwood, down to USDA Zone 4, and also tolerates heat and drought quite well. Green Mountain has a moderately slow growth rate of 3-6” per year. This makes it easy to maintain but also capable of being grown up to a 3-4’ size over time. It forms a wide oval shape that is easy to manipulate with pruning and shape into a perfect hedge. Green Mountain is evergreen and maintains a nice, deep green color all year. Sometimes if it is planted in full sun there may be a little bit of winter bronzing, but it is very little compared to a lot of boxwood varieties. Deer and rabbits won’t touch Green Mountain Boxwood. In several trials that have been conducted, it has always been in the top 10 most naturally Boxwood Blight resistant varieties (there isn’t yet such a thing as a “blight-proof” variety, but some show much stronger resistance than others). Green Mountain is a versatile boxwood that can be used in any type of garden style, from traditional to cottage to modern.
Planting Green Mountain Boxwood Tree Pots
Planting Green Mountain Boxwood tree pots as a hedge is simple, and how you space them depends on how tall you want your hedge to become eventually. For a 2’ tall hedge, space your tree pots 12” apart, on center (meaning from the center of the truck of each plant). For a 3’ or taller hedge, space the plants 12-18” apart on center. For more information on planting tree pots, click here.
Top Qualities Green Mountain Boxwood
- 1. Dark Green Color
- 2. Moderately Slow Growth Rate
- 3. Deer and Rabbit Resistant
- 4. Versatile Size
- 5. Low-Maintenance