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Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa' (Box 'Suffruticosa')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Other names

Box 'Suffruticosa', Edging box, Dwarf box

Genus

Buxus Buxus

Variety or Cultivar

'Suffruticosa' _ 'Suffruticosa' is a small, evergreen shrub with shiny dark-green leaves. It bears insignificant pale-yellow flowers.


Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa' is: Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Dense

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause stomach upset. Contact may cause skin irritation.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Pale-yellow, Insignificant or absent in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Box sucker , Mussel scale , Red spider mite (box and other) Box sucker , Mussel scale , Red spider mite (box and other)

Box blights , Leaf spot Box blights , Leaf spot

General care

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.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa' (Box 'Suffruticosa') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Garden edging, Hedging/Screens, Instant, Mediterranean

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.

Soil type

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

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Plant alone in pots or in groups.

Botanical name

Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Other names

Box 'Suffruticosa', Edging box, Dwarf box

Genus

Buxus Buxus

Variety or Cultivar

'Suffruticosa' _ 'Suffruticosa' is a small, evergreen shrub with shiny dark-green leaves. It bears insignificant pale-yellow flowers.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Dense

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause stomach upset. Contact may cause skin irritation.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Pale-yellow, Insignificant or absent in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Box sucker , Mussel scale , Red spider mite (box and other)

Specific diseases

Box blights , Leaf spot

General care

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.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa' (Box 'Suffruticosa') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Garden edging, Hedging/Screens, Instant, Mediterranean

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.

Soil type

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

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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COMPANION PLANTS

Plant alone in pots or in groups.

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