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Box common [S]

Genus: Buxus.

Species: Buxus sempervirens.

Planted 30+ [Shenstone]

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.

Suggested uses: Architectural, Banks and Slopes, Containers, Drought Tolerant, Foliage only, Garden edging, Ground Cover, Hedging/Screens, Instant, Mediterranean, Topiary

Companion planting: Plant alone in pots or in groups.

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
Exposure:Exposed or Sheltered

Hardiness:Hardy (H4)

Specific pest(s):
* Red spider mite (box and other)
* , Box sucker
* , Mussel scale

Specific diseases(s):
* Box blights
* , Leaf spot

Pruning: As an informal hedge, box requires little pruning. Be guided by the natural habit of this plant Trim August or September.. 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 method(s): Semi-hardwood cuttings

Skill rating: Beginner
Maintenance hours / year: 1

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Reminders for this plant

Due over 13 years ago:


Trim August or September.

Due over 12 years ago:


Trim August or September.

Due over 11 years ago:


Trim August or September.

Due over 10 years ago:


Trim August or September.