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Botanical name: Buxus sempervirens
Other names: Common box
Species: B. sempervirens - B. sempervirens is a large, but slow-growing evergreen shrub. The small, glossy oval leaves form a dense mass, with inconspicuous, yellowish flowers in late spring.
Buxus sempervirens is: Evergreen
Flower: Insignificant or absent, Pale-yellow in Spring
Foliage: Dark-green in All seasons
Fruit: Pale-green in Summer
Toxicity: Ingestion may cause stomach upset; contact may irritate the skin.
Companion planting: Plant alone in pots or in groups.
Pruning: As an informal hedge, box requires little pruning. Be guided by the natural habit of this plant. Keep plants to the desired size by pruning back long shoots. Hedging plants and topiary can be cut back hard when young to encourage bushy growth.. REGISTER to read more...
Propagation methods: Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...
Buxus sempervirens (Common box) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 8m after 20-50 years.
Suggested uses: Architectural, Banks and Slopes, Containers, Drought Tolerant, Foliage only, Garden edging, Ground Cover, Hedging/Screens, Instant, Mediterranean, Topiary
Cultivation: Plant in well-drained soil in partial shade. Avoid scorch by sun and strong winds. If using for topiary or hedging, plant young plants just below the nursery soil mark to encourage growth from the base.
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|Soil types:||Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)|
|Soil drainage:||Moist but well-drained, Well-drained|
|Soil pH:||Acid, Alkaline, Neutral|
|Light:||Partial Shade, Full Shade|
|Aspect:||North, South, East, West|
Discuss Buxus sempervirens (Common box) with other Shoot members.
On our return from holiday in September, the 2 Box cones I have in pots had turned brown. I'm certain this was due to lack of water. I took them out of the pots and gave them a good soak but they didn't revive. Once they get to this state are they likely to recover and is there anything I can do to improve their chances? Jane
What fertilizer should I use and when?
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