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Boxwood have become, over the years, the trademark plant of Saunders Brothers. Below is a listing of the varieties we are growing at this time. Please note we are constantly testing new varieties and introducing only those that we feel are the ‘Best of the Best’.

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Buxus harlandii

Buxus harlandii

Harlandii is vase shaped grower with unique foliage that is long and slender. Leaves are approximately 1½” long and 3/8” wide. With a habit that is slightly taller than wide, harlandii will tend to create a nearly drooping habit where foliage goes up and over. Deer resistant.

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Buxus harlandii 'Richard'

Buxus harlandii 'Richard'

‘Richard’ has unique rounded foliage with an indentation at the tip almost creates a heart shaped leaf. At first glance, it’s unusual shaped foliage and glossy texture make ‘Richard’ easily mistaken as a non-boxwood. The plant’s habit is very vase shaped and slightly wider than tall. It is part of the harlandii family of boxwood that are thought to have come from southeast Asia or China. Deer resistant.  

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Buxus microphylla 'Golden Dream'

Buxus microphylla 'Golden Dream'

Golden Dream Boxwood

‘Golden Dream’ has a beautiful rounded and compact habit. The foliage is edged with heavy golden variegation. From a distance, the variegation makes the entire plant nearly a lime-green color. Deer resistant.

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Buxus microphylla 'Grace Hendrick Phillips'

Buxus microphylla 'Grace Hendrick Phillips'

Grace Hendrick Phillips Boxwood

‘Grace Hendrick Phillips’ mounds and spreads very much like some of the dwarf Japanese hollies. The growth rate is slow enough that it does not outgrow the landscape but fast enough to be used as a primary plant in many landscapes. Be patient in the spring, as new growth appears slightly later than most boxwood. New foliage is light green and matures to a darker green. Deer resistant.

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Buxus microphylla 'John Baldwin'

Buxus microphylla 'John Baldwin'

John Baldwin Boxwood

‘John Baldwin’ is grown for its true, broad, conical habit. Foliage is fine-textured and leaves are relatively small compared to many boxwood. New foliage has a blue tint which will slowly fade to a blue-green. Use this cultivar as an alternative to ‘Green Mountain’ when a true conical shape with minimal pruning is desired. Also, use it as an excellent substitute for conical Japanese hollies in sun or shade. Deer resistant.

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Buxus microphylla 'Little Missy'

Buxus microphylla 'Little Missy'

Little Missy is a compact mounding to rounded cultivar. It is extremely cold hardy and sun tolerant. It can be used in an application where a smaller plant is desired and it responds well to shearing. It is a great choice for uses where ultimate desired size is in the 2' x 2' range. Foliage is very dark green, slightly rounded and comes to a pronounced point at the end of the leaf.

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Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Green Beauty'

Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Green Beauty'

Green Beauty Boxwood

'Green Beauty’ is an excellent medium-sized cultivar that has deep green glossy foliage with little winter bronzing. It has a naturally rounded habit that will typically be slightly wider than tall. Its branching structure makes for a very strong plant that can withstand breakage from most moderate to heavy snowfalls. It is very durable and recovers quickly if a limb is broken or if radical pruning is necessary. Deer resistant.

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Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Jim Stauffer'

Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Jim Stauffer'

Jim Stauffer Boxwood

‘Jim Stauffer’ is an excellent foundation plant that is slightly more vigorous than some cultivars, yet can be maintained in a formal shape. It grows in a comparable height-to-width ratio. It also responds very well to pruning or shearing. It has proven to be more cold-hardy than other Buxus microphylla. ‘Jim Stauffer’ can be used as a great substitute for Buxus sempervirens (American) when a plant of similar shape is desired but with smaller ultimate size. Deer resistant.

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Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Morris Dwarf'

Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Morris Dwarf'

Morris Dwarf Boxwood

‘Morris Dwarf’ is an excellent performing cultivar that is very compact. In winter sun, it will bronze; however, in spring new growth will quickly cover the bronzing. It is outstanding for edging formal beds or in parterre gardens and is very low maintenance. It responds well either pruned or left unpruned and is slightly larger than ‘Morris Midget’. Occasional sports occur on this plant and they should be removed. Deer resistant.

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Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Winter Gem'

Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Winter Gem'

Winter Gem Boxwood

‘Winter Gem’ is a round-shaped cultivar that is relatively vigorous. It tolerates a wide range of sites and uses. New foliage emerges a lime-green color and transitions to a deep, glossy green. It has a tendency to bronze when exposed to direct winter sun but the bronzing will quickly disappear in spring as temperatures rise and as new growth emerges. ‘Winter Gem’ is very similar to the cultivars ‘Wintergreen’ or ‘Faulkner’.   Deer resistant.

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Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Wintergreen'

Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Wintergreen'

Wintergreen Boxwood

‘Wintergreen’ is a vigorous, winter-hardy cultivar that is ideal when a medium to large foundation plant is desired. It is great for use in medium-sized hedges and is very tolerant of pruning or shearing. It has a tendency to bronze when exposed to direct winter sun but the bronzing will quickly disappear as temperatures rise in spring and as new growth emerges. It is very similar to ‘Winter Gem’ and ‘Faulkner’. Deer resistant.

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Buxus sempervirens

Buxus sempervirens

American Boxwood

American boxwood is a classic, large-growing upright rounded boxwood. In an ideal environment, the plant will continue to grow for 75 to 150 years and develop into a massive shrub (sometimes as large as 15 ft. tall and wide or more). It has excellent dark green winter foliage and cuttings are a favorite for holiday decorations. Be especially careful to plant this cultivar in areas with good drainage. Deer resistant.

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Buxus sempervirens 'Buddy'

Buxus sempervirens 'Buddy'

Buddy Boxwood

'Buddy' has beautiful, dark green, large leaves. Its rounded habit is slightly wider than tall. The habit and overall look of the plant is very similar to 'Green Velvet.' 'Buddy' was added to our boxwood production because of its high resistance to boxwood leafminer while looking nearly identical to 'Green Velvet.'

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Buxus sempervirens 'Dee Runk'

Buxus sempervirens 'Dee Runk'

Dee Runk Boxwood

‘Dee Runk’ is an excellent upright cultivar with a naturally vertical habit. With some pruning, it can be a tight conical shape. It will develop a broader columnar habit with little to no pruning. Use as an excellent choice for narrow hedges or accenting a door or corner. Deer resistant.

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Buxus sempervirens 'Elegantissima'

Buxus sempervirens 'Elegantissima'

Elegantissima Boxwood

‘Elegantissima’ will add color to the landscape with its green leaves accented with creamy-white edges. Its creamy variegation differs from many of the white margined cultivars. Use the foliage in holiday decorations. Avoid poorly drained soils. Deer resistant.

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Buxus sempervirens 'Fastigiata'

Buxus sempervirens 'Fastigiata'

Fastigiata Boxwood

‘Fastigiata’ is an outstanding upright cultivar. The foliage is rich green with a hint of blue. Its true habit is upright. Depending on the gardener’s preferences, this boxwood can either be trained into a narrow column, a conical shape or, with minimal pruning, it can be a broader columnar shape. It is an excellent choice for narrow hedges or accenting a door or corner. Deer resistant.

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Buxus sempervirens 'Highlander'

Buxus sempervirens 'Highlander'

Boxwood Highlander

Highlander is a fast growing boxwood by all accounts (6-10”/year), but as a result, requires pruning to maintain good form. The foliage maintains the same dark green color of sempervirens, but is slightly larger.

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Buxus sempervirens 'Justin Brouwers'

Buxus sempervirens 'Justin Brouwers'

Justin Brouwers Boxwood

‘Justin Brouwers’ is a compact, mounding to rounded cultivar. It is extremely versatile. It can be used in applications where it is pruned or in gardens with minimal to no pruning. Foliage is a spectacular deep-green color even in winter. It holds its foliage deep into the interior of the plant. Deer resistant.

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Buxus sempervirens 'Piney Mountain'

Buxus sempervirens 'Piney Mountain'

Piney Mountain Boxwood

Piney Mountain™ is a classic sempervirens cultivar, growing more upright than Buxus sempervirens (American).  Its leaves are remarkably dark green, glossy and very large, particularly when grown in shade.  Deer resistant. 

We added Piney Mountain™ to our selection based on its near complete resistance to boxwood leafminer, as well as its unique deep, dark green foliage.  It stands out in our test blocks.  Plant Piney Mountain™ and you will likely never have to spray this plant for leafminer.  Piney Mountain™ is a chance seedling found in the Charlottesville, VA area.   It is a specimen plant when
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Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

English Boxwood

‘Suffruticosa’ (English) is known for its soft, billowy outline and lush foliage. English boxwood is often referred to as “dwarf boxwood” due to its slow growth rate. However, in an ideal environment, the plant will continue to grow for 75 to 150 years and develop into a very large shrub. As a result, take care to avoid using this plant where it will ultimately be too large for the desired use. English boxwood has a distinct odor. Deer resistant.

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Buxus sempervirens 'Vardar Valley'

Buxus sempervirens 'Vardar Valley'

Vardar Valley Boxwood

‘Vardar Valley’ is very appealing due to its distinctive powdery blue new foliage in the spring combined with excellent winter hardiness. It matures into a broad, mounding plant. Spring blue foliage will fade to a deep green in summer. ‘Vardar Valley’ holds the deep green color through the winter. Avoid planting in areas where drainage is poor. Deer resistant.

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Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Franklin's Gem'

Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Franklin's Gem'

Franklin's Gem Boxwood

‘Franklin’s Gem’ is a low spreading cultivar with lime green new growth in the spring. New growth will slowly transition to an olive-green. It is very similar to the cultivars insularis ‘Nana’ and ‘Tide Hill’. Deer resistant.

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Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Nana'

Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Nana'

Insularis Boxwood

Insularis ‘Nana’ is a low spreading cultivar with lime green new growth in the spring. New growth will slowly fade to a light green. Although considered a smaller cultivar, it is a somewhat fast grower. It is very similar to the cultivars ‘Franklin’s Gem’ and ‘Tide Hill’. Deer resistant.

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Buxus x 'Glencoe' (Chicagoland Green®)

Buxus x 'Glencoe' (Chicagoland Green®)

Chicagoland Green Boxwood

Chicagoland Green will grow slightly wider than tall. It is an excellent cold-hardy cultivar that is extremely uniform in its growth. It is very similar to ‘Green Velvet’.   Chicagoland Green will bronze slightly in winter especially when planted in full sun. Bronzed foliage will typically disappear quickly in spring as temperatures rise. Bronzed foliage will brighten and new growth will begin to appear. Deer resistant.

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Buxus x 'Green Gem'

Buxus x 'Green Gem'

Green Gem Boxwood

'Green Gem’ is a cold-hardy hybrid boxwood with a spherical habit. It is often referred to as being in the “Green Series” of boxwood (see ‘Green Velvet’ for more information). It is very similar in shape to ‘Green Mound’ but slightly smaller. To minimize bronzing, avoid planting in areas of direct winter sun. Deer resistant.

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Buxus x 'Green Mound'

Buxus x 'Green Mound'

Green Mound Boxwood

‘Green Mound’ is a cold-hardy hybrid boxwood with a spherical habit. It is often referred to as being in the “Green Series” of boxwood (see ‘Green Velvet’ for more information). It is similar to ‘Green Velvet’ but more rounded in its natural shape. ‘Green Mound’ will bronze slightly in winter especially when exposed to direct sunlight. The bronzed leaves will typically brighten as spring temperatures rise and then be covered as new foliage appears. Deer resistant.

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Buxus x 'Green Mountain'

Buxus x 'Green Mountain'

Green Mountain Boxwood

‘Green Mountain’ is a cold-hardy rounded conical shaped hybrid boxwood. It is often referred to as being in the “Green Series” of boxwood (see ‘Green Velvet’ for more information). ‘Green Mountain’ will bronze slightly in winter especially when exposed to direct sunlight but bronzing will quickly fade as new spring foliage begins to emerge. Deer resistant.

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Buxus x 'Green Velvet'

Buxus x 'Green Velvet'

Green Velvet Boxwood

‘Green Velvet’ has a somewhat rounded habit that is slightly wider than tall. The foliage on this cultivar is a beautiful medium to light-green in spring and slowly transitions to a dark green. It is a cold-hardy hybrid boxwood that was developed in Canada. It is a selected seedling cross between Buxus sempervirens and Buxus sinica var. insularis and part of the “Green Series” of boxwood which include ‘Green Mountain’, ‘Green Mound’, ‘Green Gem’, and ‘Green Velvet’. It is very similar to the cultivar Chicagoland Green. ‘Green Velvet’ will bronze slightly in winter especially when exposed to direct sunlight. Typically, in spring, as temperatures rise, bronzed foliage will brighten and new growth will quickly transform the plant to green. Deer resistant.

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