SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: National Arboretum - Washington, D.C., Finch Arboretum - Spokane, WA and Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA
Utility friendly tree.
Responds well to shearing. Needs some protection.
Native to Southern Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia.
Additional Common Names
COMMON BOXWOOD, ENGLISH BOXWOOK
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 15 - 20 feet.
Width: 15 - 20 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity Less than 50 years.
Leaves Ovate, Glossy Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring.
Capsule, fruiting in Summer.
Bark Light Green or Light Gray, Blocky or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Very Dense in Leaf.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 3 - 6 and 15 - 17.
USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 10.
Exposure Full Sun to Full Shade.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Oak Root Fungus. Susceptible to Psyllid, Scales and Spider Mites, Phytophthora and Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy and Irritant Health Hazard.
Not Deer Palatable.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Buxus sempervirens Tree Record." 1995-2018. Apr 20, 2018.
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