This towering and ancient boxwood lives in a small patch of ground on Cameron Street in Winchester, Virginia. Members of Winchester-Clarke Garden Club have adopted this tree to ensure it has as long of a future life as possible. This "boxwood tree" is 19' tall and has a circumference of 35".
In 1987 this tree was slated to be cut down to smooth the way for a parking lot and deck. At that time it was thought to be well over 100 years and old and suffering from disease , neglect and a bad case of weeds. Many garden clubs in our area fought to keep the boxwood in place. The boxwood did remain in place due largely to the fact that no one really knew who owned it and therefore no one would take the responsibility of cutting it down. The boxwood remained
but nothing else changed for it.
Last year Betty Schutte ( a member of our club) brought this remarkable specimen to the attention of our club members and it was decided the time had come for this boxwood to receive a little TLC. This spring the box has received fertilizing with bone meal and a light mulching per the recommendation of Cheryl Crowell*, a local member of the American Boxwood Society. Weeds have been pulled and dead wood cut out.
New growth is now seen all over this boxwood. More work days are planned this fall to help this tree to live well into the future.
* Note from Cheryl Crowell: I worked as Winchester’s first City Arborist from July 1, 1982 to June 30, 1983. During that time, I inventoried most of the downtown tree canopy and included this boxwood in the report. It is a Buxus sempervirens, or American Boxwood that has grown into tree form. The species originated in Europe, which once included areas of boxwood forests that were prized for their hard, light colored wood. No forest remains today, although the species grows wild in shrub form. While the foliage weeps a little on this boxwood, it is due to the length of the branches and weight of the foliage rather than it being a different species. I too was impressed with the specimen, which in 1982 sat in front of the former public safety building, and I took it upon myself as part of my duties to prune it and clean up the weeds and debris around the base, leaving it mulched and renovated to the same extent as the work done by the Garden Club in 2012. It is truly unique in that I have not run across another boxwood of this size while touring boxwood gardens on the east coast. I appreciate the work done by the Garden Club to preserve Winchester’s boxwood treasure!
The Winchester Clarke Garden Club has adopted this Weeping Boxwood Tree