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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden
  • Bowling Green

  • 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

    Specifications

    Max Height: 5'
    Max Spread: 5'

    Uses

  • Hedge
  • Flower Border

  • 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]."


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