Common Boxwood, American Boxwood
Buxus sempervirens 'Vardar Valley'

Family: Buxaceae
Genus: Buxus (BUK-sus) (Info)
Species: sempervirens (sem-per-VY-renz) (Info)
Cultivar: Vardar Valley

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Blue-Green

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama

Mountain Home, Arkansas

Lenox, Massachusetts

Lexington, Massachusetts

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tenafly, New Jersey

Media, Pennsylvania

Williamstown, Pennsylvania

Austin, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 19, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

A good cultivar that makes a great informal form either rounded or flat topped. Listed as getting 2 feet high by a nursery, but the specimen at Tyler Arboreum is about 4 feet high and wider. Give plants time and they can get bigger than what is listed. It is one of the most cold hardy for the Common Boxwood from southern Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa, being USDA Zone 6. Some have tried to grow it in the Chicago, IL, area of Zone 5, but it has not succeeded there.

Neutral

On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Buxus sempervirens 'Vardar Valley' BALKAN BOXWOOD EG (z5) (Fra,Bon)
This variety of the English Box is considered to be one of the hardiest of the species; 2-3' high and up to 5' wide, becoming flat topped.PSh/M