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Richard Harland Boxwood

Buxus harlandii 'Richard'

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Richard Harland Boxwood (Buxus harlandii 'Richard') at Valley View Farms

Richard Harland Boxwood

Richard Harland Boxwood

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Richard Harland Boxwood (Buxus harlandii 'Richard') at Valley View Farms

Richard Harland Boxwood foliage

Richard Harland Boxwood foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7a

Description:

A small, bushy evergreen accent shrub with a rounded, vase shaped form and bright green foliage; can be shaped and sheared into formal hedges; should have even moisture and good drainage

Ornamental Features

Richard Harland Boxwood has dark green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The glossy oval leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Richard Harland Boxwood is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an indistinguished habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Richard Harland Boxwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Topiary
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Richard Harland Boxwood will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Richard Harland Boxwood makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Topiary  Container 
Applications
Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features
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