Author Topic: Boxwoods Dead or Alive  (Read 1608 times)

Michael T

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Boxwoods Dead or Alive
« on: January 19, 2015, 10:37 PM »
In my travels to work,  I drove by a run down home in which the owner had pulled about five or six boxwood bushes and thrown them in the front yard.  A couple of them have massive 12 inch or larger diameter trunks with size able roots balls in place.  The rootballs are probably 3.5 feet long x 2.5 feet wide and probably 15-20 inches deep.  The foilage is true green and healthy.  No brown or yellow leaves. 

However, theyve been there awhile as some of the rootball has begun to bleed into the ground and it's been below freezing many days this winter, including a -1f day.   

My instincts tell me the roots are likely dead and the foilage is living off what's in the trunk, but they look healthy and the rootballs are large.  So, maybe they are alive.

Its a two man job to lift them.  It'd be a bit of work. 

Curious.  If the foilage is true healthy green with no signs of distress, is it possible the roots are hardy enough to survive extreme cold because of the size of the rootballs.  I keep wondering about burlap wrapped rootballs in nurseries.  What happens to thos roots? Is healing them in enough?
« Last Edit: January 19, 2015, 10:40 PM by Michael T »


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Re: Boxwoods Dead or Alive
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2015, 05:53 AM »
I'd cut 2/3 off both sides and give it a whirl!



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Re: Boxwoods Dead or Alive
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2015, 06:24 AM »
Michael, my first thought is do you have permission to take them?
If so, give it a go. Get a couple and get them into the ground if you can. 'IF' they make it leave them be for at least one growing season. Remember bigger isn't always better, check out the base and the lower trunks and get the most interesting. can't kill a dead tree. It's worth a shot.
Just my two cents


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Re: Boxwoods Dead or Alive
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2015, 06:57 AM »
I have no information to provide with regards to boxwoods.

But I would definitely give it a go and see where it takes you.

Post some pictures