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Buxus sempervirens

Also called English Boxwood


Buxus sempervirens - Common Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens - Common Boxwood

More About Buxus sempervirens

  • Insignificant, greenish-yellow-cream flowers are fragrant
  • Medium-sized, glossy, dark green leaves turn a bronzy colour in the fall
  • Upright, pyramidal habit
  • Bloom Time: Early spring

Interesting Notes:

Notable specimens can be found at The A.M. (Mac) Cuddy Garden, Strathroy, Ontario. Approximately 200, named cultivars have been developed and introduced from this species in varying forms. The common name is a reference to the use of the plant's wood to make boxes.

Zone:

5

Height:

4-5 m

Spread:

4-5 m

Colour:

Green
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Common Boxwood Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best with cool, moist roots, and mid-afternoon shade. These boxwoods can tolerate full sun to partial shade, dry to drought conditions, and a range of soil types. They can be pruned any time of the year, and can be used for topiary, hedging and stand-alone specimens. Young plants benefit from winter protection (burlap wrap) in an exposed location. Damage or stem breakage may occur in the winter from ice and snow accumulation.


Buxus sempervirens Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Evergreen
Evergreen
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Fragrant
Fragrant
Rock garden
Rock garden

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils
Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Slow

Flowering Time

Early Spring

Habit

Rounded
Upright

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Border/edging
Specimen
Hedge