Boxwood yellowing

Asked March 16, 2019, 9:34 AM EDT

I am not sure what is happening to my boxwood. What should I do about it? Thanks Jo

Prince George's County Maryland

1 Response

Reddish-orange leaves on boxwood like this in late winter can be associated with winter burn, drought stress, or low leaf nitrogen. We'd certainly rule out drought stress! Take a look at the information about winter injury in our publication about boxwood care.

Boxwoods require good drainage, ample amounts of organic matter, and grow best within a soil pH range of 6.5 to 7.2. You may want to have your soil tested if you haven't done so within the last three years to check your pH.