General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 6 to 30 feet
Plant Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Foliage may bronze in winter when exposed to high sunlight. Cuttings are favored for holiday decorations.
Fruit: Dehiscent
Other: Globose 3-lobed capsule containing 3 to 6 seeds.
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Other: Greenish-yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Other: May cause contact dermatitis in some individuals.
Propagation: Seeds: Provide darkness
Days to germinate: irregular, can take up to 7 months
Depth to plant seed: 0.5 cm
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Flies
Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

Common names
  • Common Boxwood
  • American Boxwood
  • European Boxwood
  • Box
  • Boxwood
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Buxus sempervirens
  • Synonym: Buxus sempervirens subsp. hyrcana
  • Synonym: Buxus colchica

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Purchased at Hamlet Farms, Sheridan, NY
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