Buxus sempervirens

Common box

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour




Skill level


Buxus sempervirens

Plant details

Common box, Buxus sempervirens, is a vigorous, evergreen, bushy, upright shrub or small tree. It has small, rounded to oblong, glossy dark green leaves. Its dense habit makes it ideal for hedging or screening and it can be closely clipped into different shapes. It's an excellent plant to make into topiary, as you can leave a smart finish after trimming.

Grow Buxus sempervirens in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Mulch annually with well-rotted manure or compost and trim into shape from mid- to late-summer.

Family: Buxaceae

Genus: Buxus

Species: sempervirens

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 500cm

Spread: 500cm

Time to take cuttings: April to July

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how can i treat my buxus for he small red like tip on the leafs?


What about Box Blight? Does it appear in different ways?

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