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Buxus sempervirens (Box)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Hedging & Screening, Evergreen
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Medium green Foliage
Care Regular Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Buxus sempervirens Description

Box becomes an attractive frothy evergreen tree if left to grow - however it is commonly grown as a low hedge, with its tight pea green foliage responding to trimming. Used for formal bed edging and topiary - box is slow grower worth waiting for.


Buxus sempervirens - Cultivation Notes

Box will tolerate both full sun and partial shade, as well as a variety of soils, especially chalky soils - just avoid very wet soils. Box is ideal for hedging / topiary - clip to shape twice yearly in early spring / autumn.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Buxus sempervirens:

  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Suitable for hedging or topiary
  • Suitable for planting in full shade

Weaknesses of Buxus sempervirens

  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Buxus sempervirens:

  • Evergreen plant suitable for trimming to shape or topiary
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Evergreen shrub suitable for planting in a shady location

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Common Missspellings: Buxes, Buxos, Boxus, Buxis

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