English Box


English Box is an evergreen compact hedging plant with deep green foliage. It is a popular plant used to create low growing hedges as garden borders or line pathways. It is a favourite plant for gardeners who want to create a formal garden with clipped hedges and topiary. English box are tough plants and will happily grow in a wide range of climates and is extremely drought tolerant and frost hardy.

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Buxus sempervirens

Buxus sempervirens commonly called English Box or Common Box has been used for centuries in European and English gardens as formal hedges. There are many famous parterre gardens that have elaborate designs created with Buxus plants. It is a very long lived plant, (over 100 years), but is slow growing. Mature plants can be found with growth heights of over 3 metres. Often it is kept trimmed to less than 1 metre. It grows is full sun and shade and is suited to a wide range of soil types. When planting a hedge of Buxus use 4 to 5 plants per linear metre.


Aspect

Full sun to part shade.

Height & Width

30cm to 1 metre tall X 30cm to 1 metre wide, (English Box can grow to 3 metres plus, but that is after many, many decades).

Flowers and Fruit

English Box does foliage but is a small and insignificant.

Soil Type

Wide range of soil types.

Maintenance

Trim to train as a hedge 2 to 3 times a year. As the hedge grows trim to shape.

Planting Rates

For hedging plant 4 to 5 plants per linear metre

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