Boxwood plants is a dense rounded broadleaf evergreen shrub grown for its glossy green foliage and neat habit. Native to Europe, North Africa and Turkey, It is a classic hedge and specimen plant in many of the great European gardens. It tolerates shearing and can be shaped in ornamental forms. Its small leaves give the sheared plant a tidy texture.
Boxwood plants thrives in partial shade to full shade on fertile, well-drained soil. In alkaline soils, climates with dry, hot summers, and sites in full sun this shrub will not grow or look its best. This species is only moderately cold-hardy and can be bothered by mites, leaf miners and nematodes (tiny root worms). But there are many cultivars that are hardier and stronger than the species.
Use the cultivars of common box for specimen plants, for evergreen color in mixed borders, and for hedges, unsheared in informal gardens or sheared in formal gardens.
Genus - Buxus
Species - Sempervirens
Common name - Boxwood
Other names - European Boxwood
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 8
Height - 15'-20' / 5 - 6 m
Spread - 15'-20' / 5 - 6 m
Plant type - Large Shrub/Small Tree
Vegetation type - Evergreen
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Slow
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral
Soil type - Loam, sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average Water
Landscape uses - Container, Edging, Foundation, Hedges, Rock Garden / Wall
Leaf / Flower color - Dark Green / --
Plant growth rate - Slow