Asked by: Mariela Bryson
home and garden landscaping

How do Japanese box hedges grow?

Last Updated: 4th February, 2020

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Extremely adaptable to all climates and soil types, it is regarded as a quicker growing variety of the buxus family.
  1. Full sun but can tolerate some shade.
  2. Water regularly until the plant establishes. Once established, less water is required.
  3. Well drained, fertile soil.
  4. Suitable for all climates. All year round.

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Also, how long does Japanese box hedge take to grow?

three to five years

how far apart should you plant Japanese box? An excellent choice for hedges, borders, general garden planting. Japanese Box loves a clip and they can made into many decorative shapes for pots or the garden and topiary. Plant 40-50cm apart for low hedging/borders and about 80cm-1m apart for a taller hedge.

In respect to this, what is the fastest growing box hedge?

Description. Leylandii is a conifer that is the fastestgrowing, evergreen, hedging plant and will create a hedge quickly. Because it is fast growing, it is generally the cheapest way of forming an evergreen garden hedge and hence the most popular.

How can I make my Buxus grow faster?

To establish a thick hedge quickly lightly prune new plants to encourage thicker stronger growth. Water often, until the shrubs are established but don't over water as Buxus don't like wet feet. Buxus' main time for growth is spring and summer and you may need to prune often (each month) during these periods.

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Savannah Willbrandt

Professional

How often do you water Buxus?

Some basic rules:
  1. Summer: check daily and water if required, possibly through trickle irrigation.
  2. Autumn/ spring: water two times a week, except during heavy rainfall.
  3. Winter: water once a week, keep the soil moist, but not too wet.

Lakbira Alagarda

Professional

How do you care for a Japanese box hedge?

Extremely adaptable to all climates and soil types, it is regarded as a quicker growing variety of the buxus family.
  1. Full sun but can tolerate some shade.
  2. Water regularly until the plant establishes. Once established, less water is required.
  3. Well drained, fertile soil.
  4. Suitable for all climates. All year round.

Alanna Harlinsky

Explainer

When should I feed my Buxus hedge?

FeedingBuxus are hungry plants and will flush with new growth in April, June and August; a light dressing of quick release fertilizer just before these flushes will promote healthy growth. Do not over feed as very soft growth may be more susceptible – follow recommendations.

Mayalen Voicu

Explainer

What can I feed my Buxus hedge?

Fertiliser For Buxus and Other Hedging Plants
  1. The fertiliser is best applied in spring as routine fertilisation.
  2. Calcium (Ca) in Kiwicare PLANThealth Buxus Feed helps root and shoot development and resistance to Buxus Blight disease.
  3. Buxus have shallow roots which could be burned by fertilisers.

Feliciano Appen

Explainer

When should I trim my English box hedge?

To maintain trimmed forms and hedges you need to prune them twice a year. The first time should be done around late May or mid-June, after the first growth spurt. You can prune for a second time in September or October so the plants will look tight when winter comes.

Stormy Jarinov

Pundit

How wide does Japanese box grow?

Continue to water regularly for the first 12 weeks or until the plant is established. Fertilise during Spring and prune as required to maintain form. HEIGHT & WIDTH: 0.5m - 2m H x 0.5m - 1m W.

Dulce Thevis

Pundit

Lokman Olag├╝enaga

Pundit

Neagu Afinowic

Pundit

What is the best plant to make a hedge?

Top 5 hedging plants:
  • Conifer: Taxus baccata (yew)
  • Large evergreen: Prunus lusitanica (Portugese laurel)
  • Low growing: Lavandula angustifolia.
  • Native: Carpinus betulus (hornbeam)
  • Seaside garden: Rosa rugosa.

Souhaila Causera

Pundit

What is the best box hedge?

Japanese or Korean Box (Buxus microphylla)
It's the perfect drought tolerant hedge, it has a higher tolerance to heat than other varieties of Box Hedges, requiring little water once established. It does best is full sun however it can tolerate part shade just as well.

Etel Aupperlen

Teacher

What are the best privacy bushes?

The Best 10 Plants to Grow for Backyard Privacy
  • Arborvitae. 1/11. There are many reasons why arborvitae is among the most popular plants for a living privacy fence.
  • Bamboo. 2/11.
  • Skip Laurel. 3/11.
  • Privet. 4/11.
  • Holly. 5/11.
  • Boxwood. 6/11.
  • Hicks Yew. 7/11.
  • Red Twig Dogwood. 8/11.

Loredana Forment

Teacher

What plant makes a good hedge?

Holly. If you prune them regularly, many species of holly work well as hedges. Dwarf hollies, such as dwarf yaupon holly, meserve holly, and inkberry, are the easiest types to use, as they need less pruning. Most varieties of holly bear red or orange berries, which are set off by the glossy evergreen foliage.

Elke Greule

Teacher

What are the best evergreen shrubs for privacy?

More Zone 3 Privacy Screen Shrubs
  • Eastern White Pine.
  • Medora Juniper.
  • Black Hills Spruce.
  • Degroot's Spire Arborvitae.
  • North Pole® Arborvitae.
  • Starkie's Gold Arborvitae.
  • Yellow Ribbon Arborvitae. Thuja occidentalis 'Yellow Ribbon'
  • Emerald Isle® Leyland Cypress. x Cupressocyparis leylandii 'Moncal'

Yelyzaveta Preece

Reviewer

How tall do conifers grow?

“Intermediate size” refers to conifers that grow 6 to 12 inches per year, with most being 6 to 15 feet tall. Large conifers grow more than 12 inches per year, the majority reaching 15 feet tall or greater.

Bangally Kalinochkin

Reviewer

Will box hedge grow back?

Box, along with yew and holly, will regrow from bare wood, so hedges that have outgrown themselves can be dramatically reduced either by halving their height or, more commonly, by halving their width, cutting right back to the central stem or trunk.

Biel Barbeitos

Reviewer

Do hedges grow back?

In general, most hedges can occasionally be cut back very hard, fed and watered, and will come back with fresh new growth. This allows for you to only have to cut back into new wood each time you prune the hedge. If there is significant dead wood to remove, selective pruning can result in holes in the hedge.

Jinzhu Spijker

Reviewer

How do you revive a box hedge?

Whether or not a dry boxwood can be saved depends on the reason it is dry.
  1. Water the boxwood just enough to keep the soil moist.
  2. Add a 1-inch layer of mulch over the root zone of the shrub to help retain soil moisture.
  3. Prune out any dead or diseased branches with shears, cutting back to just outside a set of leaves.

Jacky Shigon

Supporter

Does pruning stimulate growth?

Direct growth: Pruning influences the direction in which a plant grows: Each time you make a cut, you stop growth in one direction and encourage it in another. Promote plant health: Trees and shrubs stay healthier if you remove branches that are diseased, dead, pest-ridden, or rubbing together.

Arcenio Lembert

Supporter

What does box blight look like?

Typically you are looking for patches on your box plants where the leaves have gone brown or have fallen, leaving bare stems. Infected stems will have distinctive black streaks and dieback (i.e. are no longer green under the bark). For more on symptoms and photos of the disease see our page on box blight.