Missing Boxwood

(Question)

Hello I’m am looking for a place in Toronto where I can get a smaller sized boxwood witch I believe is an English boxwood I would need it to be able to fit into the space where this dead one is. Can you help?

(Answer)

Thank-you for contacting Toronto Master Gardeners with your question.

Your best option to fill in the gap in your hedge is a Dwarf English boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’). These are slow-growing shrubs and they very adaptable to pruning, so keeping the shrub short should not be a major problem. We do not recommend specific nurseries, but these shrubs are widely available in most nurseries in the Toronto area.

In caring for your boxwood hedge, it will be beneficial to explore the cause of the problem with the shrub that died off. Two problems commonly found with boxwoods are boxwood leaf miner and boxwood blight. Please see the following Toronto Master Gardener responses regarding these two problems:

https://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/askagardener/boxwood-leaf-miner/

https://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/askagardener/boxwood-blight-2

It is useful to be aware of these common boxwood problems, but since the rest of the plants in your hedge appear to be healthy, it is likely that the shrub that died succumbed to winter-kill. Boxwoods are at the northern end of their growing range here in Toronto, and they can suffer from the drying winds of our harsh winters. Please see the response below on this topic:

https://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/askagardener/severe-winter-kill-on-boxwoods/

Here is some general information on the care of your dwarf boxwoods:

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/dwarf-english-boxwood-26095.html

Good luck with your boxwood hedge!