'Green Velvet' Boxwood - Pasquesi Home and Gardens
Boxwood Green Velvet

‘Green Velvet’ Boxwood

Whether clipped or left to grow ‘au naturel,’ boxwood is a versatile, evergreen shrub with small and glossy, dark-green leaves. Plant them as a hedge, edging, in containers or as a specimen plant in full shade to part sun. Boxwood is in great demand in areas where the deer roam. Deer tend to stay away because of the odor from a recently trimmed shrub. 

‘Green Velvet’ is a durable, cold-hardy boxwood hybrid that grows well in our area (zone 5 where the Average Annual Minimum Temperature is -20 F to -10 F). This sturdy variety grows to be slightly wider than tall and retains its rounded shape, even when left untrimmed. However, it responds well to extreme pruning if you prefer a tidier appearance. Boxwood is a good choice for formal garden designs where clipped boxwood is used as edging or hedges that define small or large outdoor spaces.


Plant Boxwood for:

1. Structure in a knot garden or parterre… a decorative garden bed with symmetrical patterns made from boxwood, flowering annuals, herbs, sand, gravel or bricks.

2. Low hedge at 4 ft. tall or less: Dense, evergreen hedging that defines walkways or garden borders.

3. Foundation planting: This slow-growing shrub won’t overtake foundation area or windows. They will provide dense, evergreen color and texture throughout the entire year.

4. Edging: 2 ft. tall or less shrubbery that defines garden or herb gardens or decorative areas.

5. Specimen: Single boxwood plants that are clipped into ornamental shapes or topiaries, spiral, multiple spheres or cones.


Plant Care

Name: Green Velvet Boxwood (Buxus x ‘Green Velvet”)

Size: 3′ to 4’ tall and wide

Light: Full shade to part sun. Extremely shade tolerant.

Water: Regular watering. Water weekly or more often in heat of summer or when planted in containers.

Growth: 2″ to 3″ per year

Pros: Slow to medium growth. Deer and rabbit resistant

Zone: 5 – 8

Siting: Place boxwood in locations that are sheltered from harsh winds or direct sun in winter.

Maintenance: Low to medium care… depending on the amount of pruning that is preferred.


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