How Much Does a Boxwood Shrub Cost?
The boxwood shrub is the most popular type of shrub purchase in America. A boxwood shrub is a dense, evergreen shrub that is popular for hedging and edging. This shrub is very versatile since it can be shaped and trimmed in almost any way you want. The cost of one is going to greatly depend on the nursery selling it and the size.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of a boxwood shrub may vary depending on several circumstances. For instance, the state or location, size, specification, as well as the store or seller may affect the cost. Boxwood shrubs can either be purchased already grown or can be planted using seeds. On average, a packet of 100 seeds can cost $2 to $5, while a gallon sized boxwood shrub can cost $10 to $20. When pricing by the gallon, it is best to budget at least $5 to $10. With any tree or shrub, the larger the get, the higher the costs are going to be. For example, a larger plan that is 26″ to 30″ tall can cost $100 to $150, while a boxwood that is more than 33″ tall can cost $150 to $200.
- For example, at Lowes, they sell a 1.5-gallon common boxwood shrub for $17.
- According to forums2.gardenweb.com, 15 twenty gallon boxwoods around 36 inches tall cost someone around $100.
- DavisDayLilyNursery.com has a variety of boxwood shrubs available. A one gallon shrub retails for $10, while a five gallon retails for $35. While most are less than $200, they have a handful of 75 year old shrubs that cost more than $1,000.
What is going to be included?
- The boxwood shrubs originate in western and southern Europe as well as parts of Asia, Africa, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean with majority of them being tropical or subtropical.
- Common types can include American, English, wintergreen, Korean, green velvet and Japanese.
- The Buxaceae includes the following features: they are slow-growing evergreen shrubs and small trees, growing 2-12 meters tall; leaves are opposite, rounded and leathery; the flowers are small and yellow green with both sexes present on a plant; and the fruit is a small capsule 0.5-1.5 cm long and containing several seeds.
- The cost of a boxwood may include handling, shipping, and delivery costs.
What are the extra costs?
- There may be extra charges for handling, shipping, and delivery of the boxwood especially when you purchase them online or from other states or countries. Just ask the seller regarding the terms and conditions involved for shipping or delivery. Most nurseries may charge around $1 per mile for delivery.
- Hiring someone else to plant a boxwood shrub can typically cost around $10 to $20 per piece.
- Maintenance of your boxwood would also require extra money such as purchase of materials and tools needed for it.
- If you choose, you can hire someone to shape and trim your boxwood shrubs when needed. This will require paying a landscaper.
Tips to know
- Shop around for the cost of boxwood shrubs in your area. Visit sellers near you or go online and do some research. As soon as you have the price list, you can compare prices versus quality and be able to get the best deal.
- Learn how to take care of your boxwood so that you will be able to make good use of it. Ask for tips from people you know who have experience in growing box type of trees so that you can get some ideas.
- This shrub is known to be one of the oldest garden ornamentals.
- If you have time and enjoy gardening, you should purchase boxwood shrub seeds and plant them yourself. You will have the satisfaction of watching them grow from seedlings. If you like the look of these shrubs but do not want to deal with the care it takes to grow them, purchase pre-grown boxwood shrubs and simply have them planted.
- Plant all the same species of boxwood shrubs rather than mixing them together. Each species of boxwood shrubs has its own tendencies and growing conditions. Research each type and plant the type that will work best in your area.
- At the beginning of each spring, fertilize your boxwood shrubs with about one cup of fertilizer per plant.
How can I save money?
- Many nurseries often lower the prices significantly at the end of the season. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for specials or sales.
- Most nurseries give bulk discounts. The more you purchase at once, the more you may be able to save.
- Purchase your boxwood shrubs locally to save on shipping costs.
- Planting boxwood shrubs is something that can be done on your own if you have the time. This can save a great deal of money since you will not have to hire a landscaper.
- To care for your boxwood shrubs on a long term basis, it may be cheaper to purchase your own hedge trimmer rather than pay someone to trim them for you each time it is needed.