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Best grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers sun-dappled part shade and moist, sandy loams with a slightly acidic to slightly alkaline pH. Tolerant of pruning and shearing. Avoid cultivating around plants because they have shallow roots. Roots appreciate a good mulch (1-2″). Thin plants and remove dead/damaged branches annually to improve air circulation. In USDA Zones 5 and 6, this boxwood is best sited in a sheltered location which protects it in winter from strong winds and full sun. Carefully remove heavy snow accumulations as quickly as practicable to minimize stem/branch damage.
‘Elegantissima’ is a dense, mounded, compact form of boxwood that features bright variegated foliage. Elliptic to oval, evergreen leaves are medium green with broad but irregular white margins. Plants will typically mature to 5′ tall by 4′ wide over the first 15 years unless pruned shorter. Pale green flowers are inconspicuous. Sempervirens in Latin means “always green”. Zones 6 to 8.