Buxus Sempervirens Winter Pruning

As the night time temperatures begin to fall below freezing in my garden, it is a reminder that I will have to bring the remainder of my trees into the greenhouse very soon. Most of the tender species are already inside but a few of the hardier ones are still braving the elements. Before I bring them inside, I like to clean them up and remove all unnecessary growth.

Today, I found the time to work on this boxwood. Buxus grow quite slowly when cultivated in a pot and only need pruning once a year.

This is how it looked from the front before todays’ work.

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And this is how it looks at the moment.

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When viewed from the right you can see that most of this seasons growth has occurred at the back of the tree. I think this has happened because I forgot to turn it as often as I should have.

Before

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After todays’ work

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This is the earliest picture I have of this tree, taken in 2005, shortly after it was collected from my garden.

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4 thoughts on “Buxus Sempervirens Winter Pruning

  1. That is a lovely little tree now Robert, what a difference from its collected state, just shows the value of keeping a photographic record. I have just recently dug up a variegated box from our garden where I was thickening the trunk, but it seems to have quite a lot of branches low down, will sort it out in the spring when it has recovered.
    Out of interest what is your set-up for photographing your trees, I see you have a graded, plain background, is it a special sheet? Only 2 of our members have a special set up for photographing trees and I am about to get mine fixed up in a summerhouse. Any advice would be helpful, thanks. Dilly

    • Thanks Dilly
      I use a printed backdrop on vinyl coated paper, made by Calumet Photographic Ltd. I take most of my photographs outside in the greenhouse, to make use of the natural light. I find this is better and cheaper than using artificial lights.

      • Thank you Robert, it is very successful. I have recently bought a small summerhouse mostly for photographing things, it has windows on 3 sides. I am fixing a window blind up on the back wall which will drape down and over a shelf (yet to be fixed) so that I can get a smooth transition between back and under the stand/bonsai. One of my friends has something similar, but always good to get a wide range of views. Thank you for yours.

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