Sometimes I don't pay attention. I noticed today that the Boxwoods looked 'funny.' Could they be dying from the drought? Did they have some kind of growth? A closer look revealed open seed pods everywhere.
Many pods had dropped their seeds. Some were not yet mature.
Looking straight on an almost mature pod, I noticed seeds inside.
Shiny black seeds of Buxus microphylla japonica
When I showed them to DH, he suggested that I plant a few to see if they would grow. I suspect that they will. Guess who prunes the boxwood here? The plants that were pruned in spring have few seed pods. Seed propagation is likely slow. Rooted cuttings take a few years before they take off and get taller than the gardener.
My late MIL rooted most of the boxwoods here. I rooted some. She advocated June as a good month for cuttings. I've rooted layered cuttings as well, sometimes finding self-rooted limbs.
We had a discussion about pulling up 40 year old foundation planted boxwoods. My vote is to continue to leave them where they are, pruning from the back to keep them away from the house. Some of my pruning gets really creative sometimes. We have free-form, meatballs, square hedges and some topiary shapes. I love them all.
Mid March in the Upper Garden
Japanese boxwood, Buxus microphylla is hardy to USDA Zone 5. It has been grown in the United States since about 1890 and is the most adaptable of all boxwoods. Leaves are glossy, 1/2 inch wide by 1 inch long, have medium green color when grown in shade. It is an open, quick-growing shrub which can reach 8 ft tall. Plant width is often difficult to determine because of naturally occurring layering. Japanese boxwood is heat tolerant. Pruning can be done to shape plants and increase density any time of the year except six weeks before the average date of the first frost in the fall.
You can see more of my boxwoods in other seasons in this post: