Gem Box holly is ideal for anyone who wishes to grow low-maintenance evergreen shrubs in sun or partly sunny spaces. If you are planting a new garden or renovating the one you have, consider this beautiful, easy plant.
Think about how you or your neighbors use boxwood in the garden. Gem Box is a disease resistant, native alternative that can give you the same look and be used in all the same ways—hedges, foundations, borders, containers and more. Shear it into shape or enjoy its naturally rounded form.
Standing just 2-3’ tall, Gem Box holly fits neatly under window ledges without blocking the view. Its smaller size also makes it easy to grow in large containers. Just keep in mind that this zone 5 hardy shrub is easiest to overwinter in containers in zones 7-9.
Double hedges are popular in many parts of the country. That’s when a taller evergreen hedge, like those made of North Pole® arborvitae, is layered behind a shorter hedge of boxwood, yews or inkberry holly like Gem Box. Double hedges make outstanding formal foundation or property line plantings. By using Gem Box, you’ll cut down on the necessary shearing time tremendously.