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American Boxwoods history

Parsonage Run Nursery specializes in American Boxwoods. Boxwoods have been around for centuries. For instance, the Egyptians had pruned boxwood hedges in 4000 B.C. Nurserymen from Amsterdam delivered the first boxwood plants to Long Island, New York, in 1653. Boxwoods reached peak popularity in the United States during the early 1800s and again during the Colonial Revival era in the early 1900s. Horticultural interest in the genus Buxus continues today by many nurserymen, landscapers and homeowners.

American boxwood versus English boxwood

The American boxwood is faster growing than English boxwoods. The leaves tend to be more elongated with pointed tips.  On the other hand, the English boxwoods grow slowly, are dense and compact. Their leaves are smaller and have blunt tips. Finally, the American boxwood is tolerant of cold weather and is perfect for a screening hedge. Click here for more information on boxwoods from the American Boxwood Society.