Common box

Buxus sempervirens

Common box - Buxus sempervirens

Common Name: Common box
Genus: Buxus
Species: sempervirens

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Suitable for growing in containers, Makes a good hedge

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 5.00 m (500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 5.00 m (500 cm)

Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained


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Common box makes a fabulous formal hedge for a partially shady site forming a dense evergreen screen of small rounded lustrous dark green leaves.  It's an excellent backdrop for traditional herbaceous borders.

Box is happy growing in a sunny spot but the combination of dry soil and full sun may encourage poor growth and leaf scorching. If you have sandy soil it is best to keep it in a partially shady spot in the garden.

  • Garden care: For maximum results plant 30cm (12in) apart in well-prepared fertile soil and water regularly until well established.Ensure that the soil or compost is never allowed to dry out. Carefully trim plants grown as hedges or topiary in mid- or late summer. Carry out rejuvenative pruning in late spring. After pruning apply a top-dressing of a balanced slow-release fertiliser such as blood fish and bone (organic) or Osmacote (inorganic) around the base of the plant ensuring that none touches the leaves or stems.



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Dwarf Common Box - Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Dwarf Common Box
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'