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Buxus Genus

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Buxus genus (Box). These are evergreen shrubs and trees. They produce small, neat, leathery leaves which have a dense habit. There are about 30 species. The flowers are small and green-yellow in colour, and will bloom in clusters in the spring.

Characteristics

Woody perennials, Evergreens, Fragrants

Other common names

Boxwood

Origin

Africa, Europe, Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage and habit and is excellent for edging, hedging and topiary work.

Cultivation

They are fully to frost hardy and will require sun or semi-shade in any soil but waterlogged soil. You will need to trim back the hedges during the summer. Promote new growth by cutting back stems to 30cms or less in late spring.

Propagation

You can propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

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