Details / Key Facts
This has long been a favourite among gardeners. Its compact, dense structure which is easily trimmed and shaped makes it ideal for a small hedge. This is our native common box and the largest of group of boxwoods, having more cultivators than all the other species of boxwood combined. It has dense, green foliage and is highly prized for its wood. Perfect for topiary work as well as hedging, the typical common box used for topiary has small pointed leaves and is a deep green colour. Before clipping, Buxus sempervirens grows 6-8″ per year when young, after clipping, this slows to approximately 1-2″ per year.
Family – Buxaceae
Genus – Buxus can be evergreen shrubs or small trees, with simple, leathery, opposite leaves and clusters of small, pale yellow flowers followed by pale green to brown fruits.
Details – Sempervirens is a large, slow-growing evergreen shrub to 5m or more, compact in habit, with small, glossy oval or oblong leaves, and small, yellowish flowers in the leaf axils.
Cultivation -Grows best in well-drained soil in partial shade; can be scorched by sun and strong winds. Susceptible to a number of box problems
Propagation – Propagate from semi-hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types – Drought Resistant Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance Banks and Slopes Ground Cover Garden Edging Patio & Container Plants Mediterranean Climate Plants
Common name: Box
Botanical name: Buxus sempervirens
Group: Shrub, Hedge
Flowering time: n/a
Planting time: Autumn or spring
Height and spread: Up to 5m by 5m (16ft by 16ft), but can be kept smaller
Aspect: Sun or shade
Hardiness: Fully hardy