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Schmidt Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens

Buxus Sempervirens 'Schmidt Boxwood' is a variety of common boxwood that is very cold hardy and is perfectly suited to Buxus hedging. It has a fast boxwood growth rate and an upright oval habit. Boxwood Buxus Sempervirens hedge responds well to repeated shearing, and it is deer resistant and rabit resistant. It maintains its green color well in winter, even in colder climates.


boxwood sempervirens growing regions
  • Evergreen with good winter color
  • Small height and width, perfect for a low-maintenance, small hedge
  • Fast boxwood growth rate
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 5-8
  • Grows in full sun and partial shade
  • Buxus Sempervirens is deer and rabbit resistant


Schmidt Boxwood is not one of the more famous boxwood varieties, but we think it should be. Buxus Sempervirens, evergreen shrubs perform extremely well as a hedge. The growth habit of Buxus Sempervirens is upright and oval, and the growth rate (about 4” per year) makes it easy to maintain while also making it possible to achieve a sizeable hedge in a relatively short amount of time (generally a 10-year-old plant is 5’ tall). An evergreen Buxus Sempervirens has excellent winter color, even when planted in exposed locations in harsh winter climates.

Buxus Sempervirens can be grown in full sun to partial shade and prefers well-draining soil. It is strongly deer and rabbit resistant. Schmidt Boxwood is hardy to USDA Zone 5-8 and does well in the Midwest, which can be a challenging area for many boxwood hedges.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8
West Coast - Sunset Heat Zones: 8 - 24
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Sun/Shade: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Deer Resistance: Yes
Watering Requirements: Moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate, 4” per year
Mature Size: 5’ H X 3’ W
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Pest/Disease Issues:
None known

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