Evergreen shrubs which lend themselves to being clipped in all sorts of shapes. Thefoliage has a typically sweetish scent.
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.
Standard garden soil, not too dry.
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.