Buxus North Star® Boxwood

A Highly Adaptable Evergreen, Drought-Tolerant and Content in Sun or Shade
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Features to Note


5 - 9

Mature Height

2.5 Feet

Mature Width

2.5 Feet

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Moisture Requirements

Moist, well-drained

Soil Tolerance

Normal, loamy

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range
5 - 9
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


If you live in a cold-winter climate and have watched boxwoods suffer in severe temperatures, North Star® is the evergreen shrub your landscape has been waiting for. A Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs variety, North Star was bred in Michigan and is ready to tackle the toughest winters. The shrub is nicely shaped, vigorous, and very adaptable. It blooms in early spring; however, the flowers are insignificant.

Many boxwoods turn brown or lose their luster during winter, but not North Star. Its dense foliage remains glossy and dark green year-round, and the plant itself remains nicely rounded, as if you'd just pruned it. In fact, pruning is never necessary unless you wish to trim the shrub into a specific shape—it always looks formal and symmetrical.

North Star has a very well-branched, compact, mounded, globe-like habit that makes a fine low hedge, accent planting, or front line for the shrub border. The shrub also makes an excellent "thriller" in a container garden. Easy to grow, it thrives in sun or shade and prefers moist, well-draining soil but is quite adaptable to varying soil types. It is drought-tolerant, deer and disease resistant, and cold hardier than most other boxwoods.

North Star was bred by Gary Katerburg and has proven a dependable, vigorous performer in gardens throughout its hardiness range.


Genus: Buxus
Species: sempervirens
Variety: 'Katerberg'
Item Form: 1-Quart
Category: Shrubs
Bloom Season Start: Early Summer
Bloom Season End: Late Summer
Bloom Color: Blue
Habit: Compact
USDA Zone Low: 5
USDA Zone High: 9
Uses: Beds, Border, Containers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Hedge, Specimen
Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
State Shipping Restrictions: GU, HI, ID, PA, PR, TN, VI
Shipping Method Restrictions: none
Discount Exempt: No



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