Details / Key Facts
Buxus sempervirens Suffruticosa, The traditional dwarf box often used in parterres or small hedges. Suffruticosa has shining, rich green small leaves and an oblong shape, often notched at the tip and slightly cupped. It may be kept severely clipped for dwarf hedges, but when left to grow freely, it forms sculptured, cloud-like mounds.
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 – Buxus sempervirens Suffruticosa a much slower growing cultivar suitable for parterres and small hedges. Traditional dwarf box, compact and very slow growing. Plants offered under this name can be variable and nurseries should be asked to guarantee compact habit. Alternatively, propagate from plant material that shows the desired characteristics. Height and spread 90cm (3ft) by 1.5m (5ft)
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