• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Buxus sempervirens

Common box

Common box

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  • Other common names Common box
    European box

    Abassian boxwood

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  • Genus 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

  • Family Buxaceae / Buxaceae

  • Species 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

  • Plant range SW Eurasia, N Africa

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity Ingestion may cause stomach upset

Colour

Sunlight

  • Partial Shade

  • Full Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or South-facing or East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed

Soil

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilClay, Chalk, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    4-8 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    4-8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    20-50 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grows best in well-drained soil in partial shade; can be scorched by sun and strong winds

Propagation Propagate from semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Drought Resistant Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance Banks and Slopes Ground Cover Garden Edging Patio & Container Plants Mediterranean Climate Plants

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 8

Pests Can get box sucker, mussel scale and box red spider mite

Diseases Susceptible to a leaf spot and box blight

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