How Much Does a Boxwood Shrub Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 14, 2018

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, often creating a decorative border plant.

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How much does a boxwood shrub cost?

On average, a packet of 100 seeds can cost $2 to $5, while a one-gallon sized boxwood shrub can cost $10 to $20.   When pricing by the gallon, it is best to budget at least $5 to $10 per gallon, but as with any tree or shrub, the larger it is, the higher the costs are going to be.  For example, a larger plant that is 26 to 30 inches tall can cost $100 to $150, while a boxwood that is taller than 33 inches can cost $150 to $200.  Refer to our table below to see what the most common boxwood shrub varieties can cost at a local nursery:

VarietyAverage Price
African Boxwood- $20 for a #1 container
American Boxwood- $50 for a #3 container
Dwarf English Boxwood- $45 for a #2 container
- $60 for a #3 container
Fastigiata Boxwood- $25 for a #1 container
Golden Dream Boxwood- $22 for a #1 container
Green Beauty Boxwood- $35 for a #1 container
- $75 for a #3 container
Green Velvet Boxwood- $40 for #3 container
- $75 for a #5 container
North Star Boxwood- $35 for a quart-sized container
Sprinter(R) Boxwood- $40 for a #1 container
- $55 for a #3 container
Titan Boxwood- $20 for a one-quart container
Winter Gem Boxwood- $30 for a #1 container
- $50 for a #3 container
Wintergreen Boxwood- $30 for a #1 container
- $55 for a #3 container
- $85 for a #5 container

For example, at Lowes, they sell a 1.5-gallon common boxwood shrub for about $20.

According to this forum thread on Gardenweb.com, a forum member said to be prepared to spend $100 for 15 20-gallon boxwoods around 36 inches tall.

DavisDayLilyNursery.com has a variety of boxwood shrubs available, with a one-gallon shrub retailing for $10, and a five gallon retailing for $35.  While most are less than $200, they have a handful of 75-year-old shrubs that cost more than $1,000.




What are the extra costs?

For younger plants, it’s highly recommended you purchase an organic potting mix bag and fertilizer.  Each bag should cost less than $5 each.

Mulching is also recommended to protect the roots in both cold and hotter weather.

Delivery fees from a local nursery can start at $50, depending on the distance traveled; however, if you were to meet their minimum spending requirements, they may waive the fee.

Tips to know

The common boxwood, depending on the variety, can grow 15 to 20 feet tall and spread up to 20 feet wide at maturity.  The shrub grows quite slow, with height increases of about 12 inches per year.

The four most basic boxwood commonly found in yards include the English, American, Korean and Japanese.

The boxwood shrub thrives in well-drained soil, with at least six hours of morning sun.

It can withstand temperatures up to -20 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning it can stay green year-round.

Because the plant contains a toxic alkaloid, deer and other wildlife won’t eat them.

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.  It also doesn’t hurt to look for coupons on the company’s official website or social media page.

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.


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