Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Common box

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by Geoff Kidd, copyright GAP Photos (145196)

Plant details

Suffruticosa' is a compact and very slow-growing variety, that grows to around 90cm (3ft) tall. Like B. sempervirens, its dense habit makes it ideal for hedging or screening and it can be clipped close into different shapes. 'Suffruticosa' is one of the best varieties for low hedging to create a knot or parterre. Box prefers partial shade but can tolerate full sun if the soil does not dry out, as this may lead to the leaves turning brown and scorching.

Family: Buxaceae

Genus: Buxus

Species: sempervirens

Cultivar: Suffruticosa

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to take cuttings: May to July

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