#TeachingTuesday: Plant of the Week—Korean Boxwood
We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, whether you were celebrating Easter, Passover, or just a lovely weekend. Hopefully you were able to get outside a little bit and enjoy the beautiful spring weather and see some blooming trees and plants.
Our Plant of the Week is Korean boxwood, Buxus sinica var. insularis (formerly known as Buxus microphylla var. koreana). A common cultivar is ‘Wintergreen’, and it is also a popular parent for several hybrid boxwoods, like ‘Green Velvet’ and ‘Green Mountain’, which are crosses between Korean and English boxwood.
Korean boxwood is an excellent evergreen for rounded shrubs and hedges. Boxwood has dense, fine foliage, grows very slowly, and responds well to pruning. Korean boxwood can turn bronze in the winter if exposed to bright sunlight and harsh winds. It is one of the hardiest boxwoods, able to survive winter temps of -20 to -25 degrees F.