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Subject: Re: shrubs Date: 6/16/2013 8:32 AM
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The first photo is actually a holly, commonly called Box Holly since it looks like a boxwood. Ilex crenata 'Compacta' is botanical name.

Photo 2 and 3 are English boxwood, as opposed to American boxwood. (There's also an Asian species). English are slower growing than American and have a more round leaf.

Here's a link with some info. If you google 'how to prune english boxwood' you'll have plenty to read.


The video in link shows how drastically it can be done. I think it does a poor job at showing how and where to cut, yet it does show the extreme example. It's not something you want to do now, as February is the best time to do what is in video. You'll probably find disagreements on just how drastically to prune boxwoods.

You can thin and shape them anytime, and that is explained via google search. Your boxwoods would look much better with thinning and shaping. Pruning is much easier to explain by doing, not with writing, so watch a few of the videos.

Hope that helps,
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