Buxus sempervirens

Buxus sempervirens

Common box

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Buxus sempervirens
  • Common name: Common box
  • Plant type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 5m

Spread: 5m

Flower colour:
  • Yellow
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Dramatic foliage

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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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front, Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Harmful if ingested, Purgative if ingested

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