- sempervirens– , slow-growing evergreen shrub. The small, glossy oval leaves form a dense mass, with inconspicuous, yellowish flowers in late spring.
Ingestion may cause stomach upset; contact may irritate the skin.
Pale-yellow, Insignificant or absent in Spring
Dark-green in All seasons
HOW TO CARE
Watch out for
Red spider mite (box and other) , Box sucker , Mussel scale
Box blights , Leaf spot
As an informal hedge, box requires little pruning. Be guided by the natural habit of this plant. Keep plants to the desired size by pruning back long shoots. Hedging plants and topiary can be cut back hard when young to encourage bushy growth.
WHERE TO GROW
Buxus sempervirens (Common box) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 8m after 20-50 years.
Architectural, Banks and Slopes, Containers, Drought Tolerant, Foliage only, Garden edging, Ground Cover, Hedging/Screens, Instant, Mediterranean, Topiary
Plant in well-drained soil in partial shade. Avoid scorch by sun and strong winds. If using for topiary or hedging, plant young plants just below the nursery soil mark to encourage growth from the base.
Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Moist but well-drained, Well-drained
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Partial Shade, Full Shade
North, South, East, West