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BUXUS sempervirens 'Variegata'

Image of Buxus sempervirens 'Variegata'

James H. Schutte

Family

Buxaceae

Botanical Name

BUXUS sempervirens 'Variegata'

Plant Common Name

Common Boxwood, Variegated Boxwood

General Description

Hostas are herbaceous perennials prized for their leaves, habit, toughness and tolerance of shade. This one, ‘Heartleaf,’ is a medium-sized hosta that forms spreading mounds of heart-shaped, deeply-ribbed green leaves. The flowers are numerous, large, lavender, and funnel-to-bell-shaped. They appear on leafless stems held above the foliage in summer.

Like most hostas, ‘Heartleaf’ grows best in full to partial shade and tolerates a wide range of fertile well-drained soil types. It prefers average, even moisture. Use ‘Heartleaf’ for contrasts of size, habit, and texture in shaded perennial gardens and woodlands, or massed as a groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    16"-20" / 40.6cm - 50.8cm

  • Width

    28"-32" / 71.1cm - 81.3cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Foundation, Hedges, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No