Common Box, European Box, Abassian Boxwood, French Boxwood, Persian Boxwood, Turkish Boxwood, Boxtree, Boxwood
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Buxus is a genus of about 70 species from a range of origins, with the majority of species being tropical or subtropical; only the European and some Asian species are frost-tolerant. The genus is split into 3 sections according to the regions; Eurasian species, the African (except northwest Africa) and Madagascan species, and the American species. The African and American plants are genetically more similar to each other than the Eurasian section. Boxwood is grown in gardens for its good hedging ability and can be clipped into various shapes. Commercially the wood is used in the manufacture of parts of musical instruments.
Generally not harvested
Sow seed in autumn in well draining potting mix.
Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer or graft in winter.
Box make excellent hedges of various sizes depending on the species, often used in knot gardens and as topiaries.
Makes pretty green potplants - often clipped in spheres or other shapes.
Europe, western and southern, Asia, southwest, southern and eastern, Africa, Madagascar, America, northernmost South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Susceptible to red spider mites