Box (Buxus sempervirens)
Box, Buxus sempervirens, only grows to around 6 metres - and slowly. It's also poisonous to livestock, which two characteristics mean it is not widely planted other than for formal gardens, where it is most often a topiary feature or low hedge. Box does best on lighter soils, and with some shade.
As an evergreen, Box provides good cover for birds and other wildlife in winter, and is a useful screening plant. Its wood is very hard, polishes up well and used to be much prized; in the middle ages boxwood was used to make spice boxes and early printing blocks and it is still used for mallet heads and rulers. Box has been found at several Romano-British burial sites and sprigs were thrown into coffins in some areas even last century. During the 17th century box trees were planted in field hedges, where they were believed to be a defence against Plague.
Plants For Sale
Provenance certificates are available on request for Buxus plants, which are from the Southwest of England.
Suppliers: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery
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See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting Box.
Our Box plants are offered either bare root or pot grown (PG). The bare root plants are available for delivery from November until March. During the lifting season there may be up to two weeks delay between placing the order and dispatching, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders placed for bare root Buxus between March and October are confirmed for dispatch from November.
Time to Ultimate Height
Over 20 years
Clay, loam, sand, chalk
Neutral, acid, alkaline
Sheltered or exposed
Full or partial sun