Balearic box

Buxus balearica | Also known as: giant box tree, Minorca box, Balearic boxwood | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Plant, set and match this giant box tree for a perfect beginner garderners' game

Buxus balearica or Balearic box is a plant that has a lot of uses in the garden. Balearic box can be grown as a shrub or a small tree and features lustrous oval-shaped leaves, with yellow flowers that appear in spring. Balearic box accommodates most soil types that are well-drained and it can grow in full sunlight as well as partial shade. Pruning can be done from mid to late spring if needed. There’s no need to box yourself in when it comes to choosing a location for this plant, as it suits a range of different positions. Balearic box is a fantastic hedging or screening plant but also looks just as impressive in a flower bed or a mixed border. In addition this plant can grow in a container, making it an attractive patio plant, great for compact garden spaces.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • The sap of this plant may irritate your skin.
Height [m]
  • 2 - 3
Spread [m]
  • 2 - 3
Dominant flower colour
  • Green
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • grafting
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Conical
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-8
Heat zone
  • H9-6
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -7
Heat days
  • 45 - 150
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Evergreen foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • We love the dark
  • Bonsai
  • Neighbour repellant
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Formal garden
  • Containers
  • Topiary
Garden spaces
  • Hedges and screens
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years