Boxwood Shrubs
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Boxwood Topiary

Zone 02825 | Anonymous added on December 30, 2019 | Answered

Hi, I was lucky enough to find a Boxwood Topiary tree with a single ball. It is about 2- 2 and 1/2 feet tall. It seems very healthy. It is now in a planter (I could not believe they had one at Home Depot!). How do I care for the tree? Is it any different from my Boxwood shrub, since it is a tree? Should I wrap the bark in paper as I did another young sapling?

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on December 31, 2019

It is stil a shrub, just pruned into a topiary form. There is no need to wrap the bark but you will need to provide some extra care in winter since it is in a container. I would follow instructions for caring and shaping a topiary and growing boxwoods in containers. In the article below, toward the end it says to prune boxwood topiaries in spring, before new growth starts. Since yours is already shaped, you only need to remove new or errant growth to keep the shape.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/boxwood/trimming-boxwood-bushes.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/boxwood/container-grown-boxwoods.htm

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