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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Some of My Evergreen Shohin Trees

Here is a recent picture of some of my evergreen shohin trees. Now that the days are getting longer and a little warmer it wont be long before they awake from their winter rest. Remarkably, the cotoneaster  at the top right hasn’t lost a single leave or berry this winter.

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Buxus Sempervirens Kifu Bonsai

It has been just over a year since this boxwood last featured on my blog.

This is how it looked in June 2014, when it was re-potted into this blue glazed rectangle

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I have kept this tree in a sheltered shaded position to avoid the scorching of the foliage, which is so common on potted boxwoods, grown in full sun, in this part of the world. It has worked  well, as this year it has pushed out a lot of new healthy green growth.

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This is how it is looking today after a much needed trim.

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