Buxus sempervirens - Common Boxwood

Common Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens

Also called English Boxwood

  • Insignificant, greenish-yellow-cream flowers are fragrant
  • Medium-sized, glossy, dark green leaves turn a bronzy colour in the fall
  • Upright, pyramidal habit
  • Bloom Time: Early spring



4-5 m

4-5 m

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Grows best with cool, moist roots, and mid-afternoon shade. These boxwoods can tolerate full sun to partial shade, dry to drought conditions, and a range of soil types. They can be pruned any time of the year, and can be used for topiary, hedging and stand-alone specimens. Young plants benefit from winter protection (burlap wrap) in an exposed location. Damage or stem breakage may occur in the winter from ice and snow accumulation.

Additional Notes about Common Boxwood:

Notable specimens can be found at The A.M. (Mac) Cuddy Garden, Strathroy, Ontario. Approximately 200, named cultivars have been developed and introduced from this species in varying forms. The common name is a reference to the use of the plant's wood to make boxes.