Buxus- ~Box

Evergreen shrubs which lend themselves to being clipped in all sorts of shapes. The poisonous foliage has a typically sweetish scent.

Situation:

Frequently used for edging, for instance round rose beds or herb gardens. However, the common species is capable of growing much taller, even though it takes a long time. Ideal for topiary specimens.

Soil:

Standard garden soil, not too dry.

Propagation:

Cuttings may be taken in spring or in late summer. During the first winter they must be kept under glass.

Buxus sempervirens: Maximum height 8 m; all cultivars remain much lower. ‘Aureovariegata’ has yellow and green blotched foliage, ‘Suffruticosa’ is a dwarf variety used for edging beds – it has small, dark-green leaves.

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