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Buxus sempervirens /English Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens  / Buxus sempervirens
An excellent specimen plant that grows relatively slow
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An excellent specimen plant that grows relatively slow

An old mature plant

Mass plantings at Cheekwood Gardens in Nashville

Beautiful plants at Cheekwood Gardens in Nashville

Unpruned specimen plants

This boxwood does not require frequent pruning

Very large plants at a residence in Nashville

Parterre planting at Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis

Cheekwood Garden in Nashville in late autumn

Late autumn showing the strong presence of boxwood in garden

Used along a garden path

Early spring foliage in the National Arboretum in Washington, DC

Planted to close to walk when young and blocking it when matiure

Beautifully maintained planting in Vatican Garden, Rome, Italy

Very old hedge planting at Villa D'Este near Rome, Italy

Intricate pattern of clipped boxwood at Villa Carlotta on Lake Como in Italy

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Scientific Name: Buxus sempervirens
Common Name: English Boxwood
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Comments: Susceptible to nematodes and wilt in the lower South. A favorite plant for topiary and other speciality pruning as would be the case in pattern gardens. Very widely planted in the Upper South and other parts of the U.S. where temperatures are more moderate.