Buxus sempervirens 'Rotundifolia'
Rotundifolia Boxwood foliage
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Height: 5 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5b
Other Names: Common Box
Rich, glossy green leaves and dense globular form make this an ideal shrub for formal hedges or topiary; takes pruning exceptionally well
Rotundifolia Boxwood is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its decidedly oval form. It has dark green evergreen foliage which emerges chartreuse in spring. The small glossy round leaves remain dark green throughout the winter.
Rotundifolia Boxwood is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely oval form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Rotundifolia Boxwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Rotundifolia Boxwood will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Rotundifolia Boxwood makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.