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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.

Slow to medium growth rate; 1"-3" per year

Comments: ‘Vardar Valley’ has been one of the top plants in the National Boxwood Trials and test gardens. You must be patient with the plant in its juvenile stages (up to about 18” wide) as its habit is open and its branches are prominent. Do not plant in areas where drainage is questionable. ‘Vardar Valley’ was used in a stunning planting outside The Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC.

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

Substitutes: ‘Green Velvet’, Chicagoland Green, insularis ‘Nana’, ‘Franklin’s Gem’

Vardar Valley Boxwood Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Lightly prune ‘Vardar Valley’ as needed in late winter or early spring to maintain desired shape and density.   Use hand pruners or shears. Thinning is not necessary but, as with any boxwood, will help increase airflow and sunlight penetration into the interior of the plant.

‘Vardar Valley’ is very resistant to boxwood leafminer and shows variable results in tolerance and susceptibility to boxwood blight. When planted properly in well-drained soils, this plant has few pest and disease problems.



2 Feet



3 Feet


Hardiness Zone:


Characteristics & Attributes for Buxus sempervirens 'Vardar Valley'

Attractive Foliage
Foliage Color
Best Usage
Soil Moisture Preference
Good Drainage
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Boxwood Exposure
Sun (Location is sunny from late morning to late afternoon)
Part Sun (Location is primarily shaded from late morning to late afternoon)
Shade (Location has no direct sun)
Boxwood Zone
Zone 5 (Average Annual Minimum Temperature -20 F to -10 F)
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
Blue (New foliage is blue and matures to green)
Green (Foliage is Predominately Green)
Boxwood Best Usage
Foliage for Holiday Decorations
Foundation Plant
Hedge Low (Mature size of 4 ft or less)
Specimen Small (1-3 ft high and wide)
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