Working with boxwood

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Working with boxwood

Post  EpicusMaximus on Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:38 pm

I am interested in working on boxwood and was wondering if there were some species that were better than others for bonsai.

Most boxwoods I have seen in the nurseries multi stemmed/trunked.

If I do find one, hard hard can it be pruned?

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Re: Working with boxwood

Post  Russell Coker on Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:12 pm



There is a lot of boxwood info here on the forum, only a search button away. What species are you seeing? sempervirens? microphylla? I work with them a lot, as does Joey McCoy. We've found that what I can do here on the steamy Alabama coast is NOT what he can do in the more arid Texas hill country even though we're both working with microphylla. Personally, I wouldn't be comfortable offering someone in Quebec boxwood advice except in very general terms. Down here, boxwoods are everywhere in landscapes. Don't know if it's the same for you... but I'd be looking in yards rather than nursery pots. The best technical advice you'll get is from someone living close to you (as opposed to me) and who knows which species you're asking about.

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Post  JMcCoy on Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:16 pm

Yep - what Russell said! Smile Buxus is a fantastic species to work with, but make it easier on yourself and work with what does well in your area. They're slow growing (and slower in your area I would imagine!), so a pre-Bonsai or collected landscape specimen would be the way to go. Don't waste your time on thin, multi-stemmed stuff from a nursery. Mostly, find someone local to advise you. There's bound to be a Bonsai club someplace nearby.

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