Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate growing in a columnar form to 9 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Hedge Plant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring
Botanical Pronunciation:BUK-sus sem-per-VY-renz
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Growth habit:Columnar, Narrow
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate growing in a columnar form to 9 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Dark Green
Blooms:Spring
Flower color:Yellow
Garden styleContemporary, Cottage
Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Design IdeasPlant tightly spaced for a carefree evergreen hedge barrier. Density is ideal for boundary hedges to define space. Narrow diameter is particularly valuable in sideyards for privacy screens along fence line or at windows. Use as single columnar specimen or in pairs to flank gate or entry. Adapts well to shearing but remains naturally narrow if allowed to grow unhindered. Foolproof background for semiformal borders. A superior evergreen foundation plant to soften large bare walls and cloak utilities.
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Can be sheared to shape in late winter if desired.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
This species is native to the Mediterranean where it became popular in classical Roman gardens and remains essential in Italian landscapes today. It was used to develop the ancient art of shearing plants into forms that we know as topiary that later became central to both French and Italian parterres. This is the signature genus of the Buxaceae. It was named and classified by Carolus Linnaeus in the 18th century to contain species native to most of Europe, Asia Minor and the Mediterranean. B. sempervirens has long been in cultivation and was the only significant species in the west until the late 19th century with introduction of B. microphylla from Japan.
Lore:
The wood of box is the hardest of all European woods, and its yellow coloring made it prized by the wood engraver for carving wood blocks from which the famous old botanical wood cut illustrations were made. It's also used to make mathematical instruments.

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