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Re: moving buxus

I doubt this one will ever get that big.  NCSU fact sheet says 4 to 5 ft, as
do other sites.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2004 1:03 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] moving buxus

> > From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> > Thanks for the info Marge.  Sounds like my box may have a chance.
> > I referred to it as an "unmaimed" box because I hate it when a box
> is cut
> > into a box or globe shape.  The natural shape is so much nicer.
> ----------
> LOL Kitty.  I thought you'd made a typo trying to write 'unnamed' and
> was teasing you:-)
> I enjoy box both ways.  Clipped box can be very effective if done
> right and in the right spot.  Often it is turned into a lollipop that
> has no relation to anything else in the garden, just because that's
> what the owner can do when they prune.  Not fond of that, myself.
> But, well done, clipped box forms a marvelous background for other
> plantings.  It's also a good subject for topiary, something I enjoy
> in other people's gardens, but not mine.
> Some, esp. some of the dwarfer forms do have the most beautiful
> natural billowy shape.
> B. sempervirens - the species - only looks good left natural when out
> in the middle of a huge area IMO...otherwise it is much better
> clipped.  It gets enormous.  I've seen them 10' tall and the same in
> diameter; it's one of the coarser of the species/cvs out there IMO;
> does not have that billowy look to it.  I have a clipped hedge of
> this as a 'foundation' plant along the kitchen side of our house.
> It's nearly 5' tall and as deep now.  It's not clipped as a formal
> straight sided hedge; thought I could describe it, but 3 tries and
> I'm not getting there, so I give up...but it's clipped.  If I didn't,
> I wouldn't be able to see the house; it would have hit the roof by
> now.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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