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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden
  • Bowling Green
  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones


    Several varieties are grown in the Mount Vernon gardens including: Buxus sempervirens (American); Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Green Beauty', 'Morris Dwarf'; and Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Justin Brouwers.'
    Boxwoods are the quintessential southern garden hedge plant. They are popular for use in knot gardens, parterres, topiaries, and edging.

    Latin Name

    Buxus spp.


    Family

    Buxaceae


    Type of Plant

    Shrub

    Seasons

    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter

    Specifications

    Max Height: 5'
    Max Spread: 5'

    Uses

  • Hedge
  • Flower Border
  • Ornamental

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Tollerances

  • Deer
  • Rabbit

  • Toxicity

    Do not ingest

    Colors


    Native Range

    Europe, Asia


    History

    After visiting Mount Vernon in 1796, Benjamin Latrobe observed, "On one side of the lawn is a plain Kitchen garden, on the other side a neat flower garden laid out in squares, and boxed with great precission [sic]."


    Other Details

    Grown by Washington
    Sold at Mount Vernon

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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