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Boxwood (Common)Buxus sempervirens

Boxwood (Common)—Buxus sempervirens

Bluish gray-green foliage turning radiant dark-green with maturity enhance this very popular evergreen. Rounded to broad-rounded shape reaching 15'-20' in height with an equal spread. An outstanding choice for hedges, massing, or formal gardens. An excellent shrub for shearing. Adaptable to many soil types.

Zones 5 - 8
Zones 5 - 8

Hardiness Zones: Zones 5 - 8
The Boxwood (Common) can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. (see map below)

Evergreen
Evergreen

Type of tree:
The Boxwood (Common) falls into the following type(s): Evergreens, Evergreen Shrubs, Shrubs

15' - 20' High
15' - 20' High

Mature Height:
The Boxwood (Common) grows to be 15' - 20' feet in height.

15' - 20' Spread
15' - 20' Spread

Mature Spread:
The Boxwood (Common) has a spread of about 15' - 20' at full maturity.

Slow Growth
Slow Growth

Growth Rate:
This tree grows at a slow growth rate. [More about this.]

Full Sun
Full Sun

Sun:
This Boxwood (Common) does well in full sun, partial shade.

Various Soils
Various Soils

Soil:
The Boxwood (Common) grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well drained, wide range soils.

Rounded Shape
Rounded Shape

Shape:
This Boxwood (Common) has rounded shape.

More Info
More Info


The Boxwood (Common) can be expected to grow in the zones shown on this map.

Attributes:
Dense, multi-branched evergreen shrub. Grows to 15' to 20' in height with an equal or greater spread; actually can make a handsome small tree. Excellent specimen and is used extensively in East and South; good for hedges, massing, topiary work, formal gardens; might be called the "aristocrat" of the hedging plants.

Description:
Bluish gray-green foliage turning radiant dark-green with maturity enhance this very popular evergreen. Rounded to broad-rounded shape reaching 15'-20' in height with an equal spread. An outstanding choice for hedges, massing, or formal gardens. An excellent shrub for shearing. Adaptable to many soil types.

History/Lore/Use:
Boxwood through the years has been associated with formal gardens. Boxwood parterres and hedges can be seen in many of the great gardens of Europe and America. Colonial Williamsburg, especially around the Governor's Mansion, offers wonderful examples of formal boxwood use.

Leaves:
Dark green above, light or yellowish green underneath; usually lustrous on both sides.