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Buxus sempervirens

Review Notes: My favourite hedging plant and can be clipped into architectural shapes. Very easy to grow from cuttings in summer. My reference book says the species seeds itself readily (I havent seen any evidence of this!)
A native of Britain.

Ultimate Height: 8m if not pruned
Ultimate Spread: 8m if not pruned
Time to ultimate height: 20-50 year(s)
Preferred common name: common box
Other common names: European box , Abassian boxwood

Buxus can be evergreen shrubs or small trees, with simple, leathery, opposite leaves and clusters of small, pale yellow flowers followed by pale green to brown fruits.
B. sempervirens is a large, slow-growing evergreen shrub to 5m or more, compact in habit, with small, glossy oval or oblong leaves, and small, yellowish flowers in the leaf axils.

Winter, spring and early summer-flowering evergreens such as Rhododendron and Camellia are best left unpruned except for removal of unsightly shoots and deadheading, unless some shaping is required. Do this by lightly cutting back shoots after flowering. Deadheading and removal of dead, damaged and diseased growth can be done at the same time.
Certain evergreen shrubs require a harder prune to increase flowering or to maintain their attractive shape. Examples include groundcover such as Mahonia aquifolium and Hypericum calycinum which look best sheared over in spring.
Shrubs that get unkempt such as Santolina also look better if pruned to a compact shape or even sheared to ground level in spring.

Pests Can get box sucker, mussel scale and box red spider mite.
Diseases Susceptible to a leaf spot.
Toxicity Ingestion may cause stomach upset; contact may irritate the skin.

Soil Acid, Alkaline or Neutral. Moist but well-drained or well-drained. Chalk, Clay, Loam or Sand.
Aspect All aspects. Exposed or Sheltered.

Propagation Propagate from semi-hardwood cuttings.

Flowers: Pale Yellow in Spring.
Foliage: Dark Green.
Fruits: Pale Green in Summer.
Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen.
Suggested Plant Uses: Banks and Slopes, Drought Resistant, Garden Edging, Ground Cover, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean or Patio/Container Plants.

Supplied Height Approx 6" 1.95 + P&P

Plant Type:- Shrub
Colour:- Pale Yellow in Spring

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Photographer:- Philip Hunt, Ardagh, Co. Limerick
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