Common Boxwood, American Boxwood
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Family: Buxaceae
Genus: Buxus (BUK-sus) (Info)
Species: sempervirens (sem-per-VY-renz) (Info)
Cultivar: Suffruticosa
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Category:

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brea, California

Bear, Delaware

Carrollton, Georgia

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Marlton, New Jersey

Clinton Corners, New York

Greenville, Ohio

West Chester, Pennsylvania

New Braunfels, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Farmington, Utah

Buena Vista, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Jul 19, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This cultivar can look pretty when used as a short edging/hedge, but I often see gaps that remind me of a smile from someone who's chronically avoided the dentist. I don't know if it's a matter of disease or hardiness (I'm in Boston Z6a).

Neutral

On Jul 19, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

In southeast Pennsylvania this is referred to as the "English Boxwood." or some call it the "Edging Boxwood." It is a very dense, dwarf, rounded form with small leaves that eventually gets to 4 or 5 feet high and about as wide. It is expensive and slow growing, but is sold by most conventional nurseries and common in affluent neighborhoods in the area. Sometimes it does well with a long life in the region, but many are attacked by phytophora root rot disease and slowly die in the clay soils that dominate southeast PA.