Japanese Holly vs Boxwoods

katycopsey(Z7bGA)July 18, 2006

Hope this isn't too basic a question for this forum, but I am having a hard time telling the difference between Japanese hollies and some boxwoods. They both seem to have the same size/shape leaf and petiole, similar color, growth patterns, clippable. So I am foxed. Is there are definable thing that gives one away???

I have one or the other/or both. Maybe one gets red berries??

Thanks

Kate

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nandina(8b)

Katy,
I note that you have recently moved to the south. As a northener you have an interesting learning curve ahead.
To answer your question....Boxwood has an opposite leaf pattern and all hollies have alternating leaf patterns. Also, in the heat of day you will notice a distinctive foxy or cat urine odor eminating from the boxwood. Many find this odor disagreeable. Of the two types of shrubs I prefer the Japanese holly as it does not die out in the middle and is less prone to mite damage.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2006 at 9:15AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
annainpa

Katy,

Can you post a picture? I have had both for years, and much prefer the boxwood. I fell in love with boxwood when visiting Williamsburg . . . especially the Abby Aldrich garden. As with all types of plants, varieties will make for differences. I have not known any boxwood to have berries--but I am not an expert, just a boxwood lover. Recently I visited a home I had done the plantings on 30 years ago--of what I had planted and what now remains--a boxwood hedge and a dogwood tree.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2006 at 11:46PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
fyi, ubc botanical garden forums has a plant science forum
Plants: Science and Cultivation Disregard. Almost no...
albert_135
What are they?
Hi gardeners, I just went to empty the scrap bucket...
tonyjugoslav
Population (genetic) diversity in home landscaping?
Hi, My question concerns: how long a perennial wildflower...
njbiology
reccomended plant science educational books to read
Hey everyone, looking for some plant science book recommendations...
zjharrison
The Tetragonostachys of the USA
Interested in the Tetragonostachys? While often seen...
terrestrial_man
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™