Buxus sempervirens

Common name: Box, Boxwood

Family: Buxaceae

Plant type Shrub
Height 12 inches to 10 feet
Spread 12 inches to 10 feet
Habit Bushy
Foliage Evergreen
Growth rate Slow
Interests Foliage
Uses Borders, formal hedging
Skill level Beginner to expert
Maintenance Slight to heavy
Hardiness 5
Heat zone
Sun Full sun to shade
Moisture Dry to moist
Soil type Slightly acid to very lime
Soil fertility Moderate
Water consumption Moderate
Site Sheltered to average
Flower colour
Flower season
Flower size Insignificant
Foliage colour Green, yellow variegated, white variegated
Fruit colour
Edible parts
Harvest time
Texture Fine, bold

Buxus is a group of slow growing evergreen shrubs. They have small leaves which are green or variegated, making them popular for clipping into hedges or topiary work.

Most are very hardy growing in regions up to zone 5. They will grow anywhere from full sun to deep shade, but variegated forms may lose their colour unless given some sun. They are not fussy about soil, even growing on thin chalk.

Task Calendar

Mid-summer Clip hedging and topiary work


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