I have a love of English boxwood, I guess because I understand a mature specimen has been cared for a long time. English boxwood grow excruciatingly slow. In the photograph below, there are four boxwood…the smallest, perhaps 10″ high, is estimated to be a 7-8 years old already, while the largest two boxwood are estimated between 25-30 years of age.
The photograph below is of an English boxwood that is approximately 24″ tall by 24″ wide. If you have English boxwood of this age and stature, it is an heirloom and to be treasured.
A careful eye might note the oak leaf peeking out…I spend the winter meticulously picking these leaves out of the boxwood…on a recent visit to Goodness Grows in Lexington, Georgia, I watched Jane (resident guru who secretly retired right from under our noses) give each boxwood a casual swipe to remove leaves from their boxwood hiding places…experience.