Box

Buxus | Also known as: Boxwood, Buxus | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

A Box full of fantastic hedges.

The Buxus is the genus of around 70 different species of plants, and is also referred to as simply Box. It’s a slow growing, evergreen plant that flowers with tiny, yellowish-green blooms during the springtime. Often grown as hedges and shaped for topiary, it’s also used for its wood. This is commonly used to make chess pieces and some stringed instruments. It’s a hardy plant, coping well with the inclement British weather, and will grow in virtually any location as long as it has a bit of shade.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • The sap of this plant may irritate your skin.
Height [m]
  • 1 - 1.5
Spread [m]
  • 1.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
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
  • Brown or bronze
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • grafting
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Compact
  • Dense
  • Rounded
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-9
Heat zone
  • H9-6
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - -1
Heat days
  • 45 - 150
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
  • Full shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
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
  • Shade
  • Hedges and screens
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years