Alternatives to boxwood

Alternatives to boxwood

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Alternatives to boxwood: how to replace theboxwoodwith plants for hedges of equivalent aesthetic value. Here's what the alternatives to boxwood to grow a hedge.

There are many users who have suffered serious damage fromborer or from boxwood caecidomy,two parasites that for years have been ruining the leaves ofboxwoods. If you are considering replacing the box hedge with other plant species, the choice is very wide.

In the articlePlants for hedgeswe have listed all the plants available to set up a hedge, whether low or high. On this page we will talk specifically aboutalternatives to boxwoodwhich are essentially three: the privet, the hornbeam and the pittospore.


The privet, botanically known asLigustrum sinense, is a fast growing plant. In adulthood it has annual 20-30 cm shoots with semi-evergreen foliage which produces white flowers in late spring. The white flowers gather in terminal panicle inflorescences.

It is a very rustic species so it does not require special care. It grows well in full sun or in partial shade. It has no soil preferences, thrives well even in drought soils, the only condition is that they are well drained and without water stagnation. Privet resists cold and snow well.


TheHornbeam, botanically known asCarpinus betulusthrives well in full sun or in partially shaded areas. It cannot be used as a hedge in shady areas because in the absence of sun it is easy prey to fungal diseases and molds. Prefers clay soils.

It is characterized by the leaves with evident veins. The leaves dry up in late autumn but do not fall, they resist anchored to the plant throughout the winter, and remain until late spring, when they are forced to fall due to the appearance of new leaves.

It tolerates extreme pruning, even repeated. A hornbeam hedge can be an excellent alternative to boxwood even in Northern Italy because it resists the cold of winter very well.

Pittosporo (pictured above)

It lends itself well to accomplishhedgesalong the sea coasts, in fact it is widespread along the coasts of Southern Italy. The intense and prolonged frost causes serious damage to the epigeal parts, therefore cultivation in Northern Italy and in mountain areas is not recommended.

To maintain a compact and decorative shape of the crown, the plant must be periodically subjected to pruning. It can give birth tohedgesvery resistant, however it is often the victim of cochineal attack so preventive prophylaxis is recommended in view of the increase in temperatures in late spring.

Unusual alternatives to boxwood

To decorate the perimeter of the garden, create separations with a high aesthetic value or to create onehedge, lovers ofgreenthey can choose to cultivate bamboo.For the preparation of abamboo hedgeIt will be necessary to keep in mind the high amount of work that bamboo canes require to maintain an orderly appearance.

Another unusual alternative is given by thePiracanta,plant belonging to the botanical family of Rosaceae, is a shrubevergreenvery simple from cultivatealso tohedge. This evergreen shrub cheers them uphedgesof the garden at first with small flowers and, later, with berries colored from yellow to red.

Therepiracantait doesn't need manycare, is inclined toillnesses. It is a rustic plant and resistant to winter cold. It is suitable for makinghedgeseven in northern Italy, where it will not be necessary to protect it with shelters. For all information on Piracanta hedge cultivation, please refer to the article:Piracanta, perfect for the hedge.

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