What is a Green Mountain Boxwood?

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Green mountain boxwood is a type of evergreen shrub that is found in many parts of Asia, Canada, the U.S., and Europe. It generally grows in a cone or cylinder shape. It can be planted as a windbreak, landscape plant, or in containers as an accent bush. It is generally a hardy plant that can also serve to repel deer.

The leaves of a green mountain boxwood are usually dark green in color. The needles are typically very coarse and located in tight clusters. The foliage begins very close to the ground, usually six to 12 inches (15.24 to 30.48 cm) from the plant's bottom, in most cases.

This small tree is usually anywhere from three to five feet (.92 to 1.53 m) high. It can also be between two and three feet (.61 and .92 m) wide. It is typically long, narrow, and somewhat pointed on the end. This means that it often resembles a somewhat rounded cone when it is fully grown.

The shape of a green mountain boxwood can make it an ideal choice for a windbreak when planted in rows. This is usually done by planting them closely together on the southern edge of a property. Doing so could create an informal type of privacy hedge as well.

Besides being planted as a windbreak, this evergreen is often placed near the foundation of buildings as a landscape shrub. It might also be grown in containers that can be placed on porches or patios. Using this bush in one of these manners may require occasional pruning to keep it from becoming unruly.

Green mountain boxwood is believed to be a deer-resistant type of evergreen. This means that the animals do not like to eat it, so it is not usually damaged by them. This can make the shrub a good choice for planting near a garden, as it might help deter deer from entering the area.

This species prefers being planted in areas of full sunlight, but can also tolerate partial shade. Sandy or clay soil is generally a good choice for a green mountain boxwood shrub. It should be watered often, but does not like to be in locations that tend to have occasional standing water.

Green mountain boxwood can usually be purchased at a home improvement store or nursery. It is generally easy to manage once it has been planted. This can make it a good choice for people who enjoy evergreens, but do not have a great deal of time to devote to caring for them.

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