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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.

Slow to medium growth rate; 1"-2" per year

Comments: The color of the foliage on this cultivar makes it a winner. We have seen it planted in full sun but it prefers some shade especially in the afternoon. It can really brighten shaded areas. It is a sempervirens cultivar, so at time of planting it is important to properly elevate the plant and address all drainage issues.

Uses: Small specimen, low hedge, foundation plant, foliage for holiday decorations, containers.

Substitutes: ‘Golden Dream’

Elegantissima Boxwood Growing and Maintenance Tips:

With minimal to no pruning ‘Elegantissima’ will develop into a slightly pyramidal plant. If a more rounded shape is desired, prune lightly in late winter or early spring. Thinning is recommended either in winter for holiday decorations or in late winter to early spring before new growth appears. This will help sunlight and air penetrate the canopy of the plant which reduces disease incidence.

‘Elegantissima’ is somewhat resistant to boxwood leafminer but very susceptible to boxwood blight. If planted properly, it has few other pest or disease issues. Avoid areas with harsh winter winds.


Part Sun, Shade



3 Feet



2 Feet


Hardiness Zone:


Characteristics & Attributes for Buxus sempervirens 'Elegantissima'

Attractive Foliage
Foliage Color
Best Usage
Border or Bed
Soil Moisture Preference
Good Drainage
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Boxwood Exposure
Part Sun (Location is primarily shaded from late morning to late afternoon)
Shade (Location has no direct sun)
Boxwood Zone
Zone 6 (Average Annual Minimum Temperature -10 F to 0 F)
Zone 7 (Average Annual Minimum Temperature 0 F to 10 F)
Zone 8 (Average Annual Minimum Temperature 10 F to 20 F)
Boxwood Foliage Color
Variegated (Leaves that are green and yellow or green and white)
Boxwood Best Usage
Foundation Plant
Hedge Low (Mature size of 4 ft or less)
Specimen Small (1-3 ft high and wide)
Foliage for Holiday Decorations
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