• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 9 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Narrow Hedge Plant
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:BUK-sus sem-per-VY-renz
    Plant type:Boxwood, Shrub
    Growth habit:Columnar, Narrow
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 9 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Flower color:Yellow
    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 side-yards 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 semi-formal borders. A superior evergreen foundation plant to soften large bare walls and cloak utilities.
    Companion PlantsSpirea (Spiraea); Weigela (Weigela); Lilac (Syringa); Blue Fescue (Festuca); Coneflower (Echinacea); Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in enriched, well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic soils. Mulch root zone to conserve moisture and to keep roots cool. Water deeply and regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply fertilizer in early spring. Prune as needed to shape.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    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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