Buxus Sempervirens Balls (Specimen)


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SKU: buxus-sempervirens-specimen Category:
Common Name: Common Box
Size: 15 Litre
Hardiness: H6
Hardiness Ratings

All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees ˚C) are shown in brackets

  • H1a: under glass all year (>15˚C)
  • H1b: can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15 ˚C)
  • H1c: can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10 ˚C)
  • H2: tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5 ˚C)
  • H3: hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1 ˚C)
  • H4: hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5 ˚C)
  • H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10 ˚C)
  • H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15 ˚C)
  • H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20 ˚C)
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15 Litre Pot

  • Position: Partial, full shade
  • Soil: Moist, well drained
  • Growth Rate: Slow
  • Flowering Period: April – May
  • Hardiness: H6
  • Eventual Height: 5m
  • Eventual Spread: 5m

Buxus Sempervirens, also known as ‘Common Box’ or ‘Boxwood’, is a slow growing, evergreen shrub, with very small round, dark green leaves.  It’s very dense habit makes this garden shrub an ideal species for formal hedging, easily trimmed as well as being a classic topiary plant, often seen trimmed to form pyramids/cones, spirals or balls and formal edging for the knot garden.

The Buxus Sempervirens is native to Europe, western Asia, and North Africa and has a long history of cultivation, dating back to ancient times.

In ancient Egypt, Buxus sempervirens was used to make boxes, hence the common name “boxwood.” The ancient Romans also used the plant for box-making and for decorative hedges. In the Middle Ages it was used for carving religious figures and other objects.

In the 16th century, Buxus Sempervirens became popular in European gardens, and was introduced to the Americas in the 17th century. The plant was used as a hedge plant or as a specimen plant in gardens and parks.  During the 18th and 19th centuries it became a popular choice for topiary, which is the art of clipping shrubs or trees into decorative shapes. This trend continued in the 20th century and today is still a popular choice for hedges, topiary, and other landscaping uses.

How to care for your Buxus Sempervirens Balls

  1. Plant in well-drained soil in a location that receives ample sunlight or shade.
  2. Water regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
  3. Fertilise with a slow-release fertiliser during the growing season.
  4. Prune regularly to maintain shape and control size. It’s best to prune Boxwood after the last frost in Spring, before new growth begins.
  5. Mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture and keep weeds down.


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