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European box in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Buxus sempervirens

 

European box

A slow growing, evergreen plant, ideal for hedges or for topiary. The leaves are small, oval and shiny with small white flowers appearing in spring. Good for specimen containers or group planting.

 
plant Features
  • European box likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • European box likes very little water

    Very little water

  • European box is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • European box likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
Similar plants are available to buy from 2 store(s) in the UK
 
plant information

Common name

European box

Latin name

Buxus sempervirens

type

Trees or Shrubs

family

Buxaceae

ph

6.5 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    European box likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    European box is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    European box likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    European box likes very little water

    Very little water

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown European box is 1.20meters x 1.30meters 1.20 M 1.30 M

Buxus sempervirens

A slow growing, evergreen plant, ideal for hedges or for topiary. The leaves are small, oval and shiny with small white flowers appearing in spring. Good for specimen containers or group planting.


Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Plant container grown plants in spring. Buxus is typically grown in evenly moist, well-drained loams (e.g., sand-clay mixture) in full sun to part shade. Plants will grow well in a variety of part shade situations, including open sun-dappled conditions or light shade with several hours of morning sun or early afternoon sun. Plants can grow in close to full shade, but typically are less vigorous and more open with decreased foliage density. When grown in full sun, plant foliage is more likely to scorch, bronze in winter or suffer from mite attacks. Plants prefer soils with a pH of slightly acidic to slightly alkaline.

 

Propagation by cuttings

From Mid Summer TO Early Autumn

Semi hard wood cuttings are taken from the current years growth from late summer to mid autumn the bottom of the cuttings is hard and soft on the top. With a sharp knife take a cutting of about 14cms, remove lowest leaves, dip end into rooting hormone, and place round the edge of a pot filled with a suitable compost, water well, they must remain moist till rooted, place under glass but in semi shade.

 
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