Buxus x. ‘Green Mountain’

Green Mountain Boxwood

Green Mountain Boxwood is a naturally deer-resistant evergreen shrub that makes for an excellent year-round hedge. The plant’s upright and naturally conical habit makes it popular both among topiary fans and those merely wanting a uniquely shaped border in their outdoor space.

There are a number of immediate benefits to choosing the Green Mountain Boxwood for your next hedge:

  • Deer and rabbit resistant, while also not carrying many serious disease or pest risks
  • Evergreen year round in most climates
  • Easy to manicure and prune due to its relative density
  • Compact size and small leaves make it work perfectly for shorter hedge rows
  • In recent years, the shrub has become one of the most popular ornamental plants for landscape professionals, who frequently use boxwood for a healthy deer-proof hedge.

As the Green Mountain Boxwood grows well in both full sun and partial shade, it’s an easy hedge to grow and maintain in a variety of exterior settings, provided it receives regular waterings in well-drained soil.

Clusters of small greenish-cream flowers appear in the spring, giving the hedge a pleasant short-lived fragrance on top of its usual scent.

For a shorter hedge, the Green Mountain Boxwood is a smart and stylish choice, as it’s been the preferred shrub for knot gardens, country gardens and borders for centuries.

Without the nuisance of deer or rabbits, you can avoid the use of pesticides. Your boxwood hedge can stay naturally healthy and you don’t need to mess with unnecessary chemicals.

As a relatively slow-growing hedge, at 3 to 6 inches per year, the Green Mountain Boxwood is easy to maintain at your desired height and is ideal between 12 to 36 total inches.

The leaves of the Green Mountain Boxwood are famously resilient to the seasons and will stay a vibrant bright green throughout the year.

This boxwood thrives in enriched and lightly acidic well-drained soil. A properly mulched root zone will help contain moisture and keep the shrub cool in hotter climates.


USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9
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Sun/Shade: Partial to Full Sun
Deer Resistance: Yes
Watering Requirements: Weekly, or possibly more often in containers or extreme heat
Growth Rate: Moderate
Mature Size: Up to 5’ height and 3’ width
Drought Tolerance: Medium -- more than other boxwood varieties, but doesn’t tolerate poor drainage or clay soil
West Coast - Sunset Heat Zones: 3 - 6 and 15 - 17
Pest/Disease Issues: Green Mountain is more resistant to root rot than most other cultivars of Boxwood. That said, there is still some susceptibility to root rot, blight and leaf spots. Common pests include the boxwood leafminer, boxwood mite and boxwood psyllid. Nematodes can be an issue in the South.