Alternatives to Boxwood
Why consider alternatives to boxwoods?
Boxwoods are traditional evergreen shrubs that offer good resistance to deer browse. However due to new pests like boxwood blight, and box tree moth, both of which require regular spray treatments, some gardeners are looking for landscape substitutions. The following list of evergreen shrubs can serve as a starting point when thinking about alternatives to boxwoods.
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New York State Integrated Pest Management
Boxwood Alternatives in New York State
Some of these plants may not be hardy in your area because local conditions vary. Consulting with your extension office, public garden or local garden retailer will be helpful in plant and cultivar selection.