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PlantFiles: Common Boxwood, American Boxwood
Buxus sempervirens

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

Synonym:Buxus arborescens
Synonym:Buxus suffruticosa

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:
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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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive memmet On May 29, 2005, memmet from Lenox, MA wrote:

Buxus sempervirens grown fine for me in a protected spot - eastern exposure & protected by the house to the west. It will never grow as tall here in Zone 5a as it does in GA but it is beautiful. Deer don't touch it! Also strikes easily from cuttings. Does best in semi-shade.

Positive suzcol On Apr 23, 2004, suzcol from Fort Valley, GA wrote:

Location, central GA. The boxwoods at the house we just bought were fairly large..several feet around with apparently very little care for a long time. As they are adjacent to a porch the 'seller' had them topped last spring, and they are just now greening up. I have had to cut them way back in front, as they nearly covered the sidewalk. We have been here a month..they are already showing new leaves. I am still pruning to uncover the sidewalk. These are apparently very hardy in this area of GA..just south of Macon. They have rooted all around the bottom where the branches lay on the ground, and I am going to transplant these to another area. Will let you know how this works out!

Neutral Terry On Aug 31, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

This slow growing evergreen is most commonly found as clipped hedging in formal gardens. Slow growing, it can reach height and width of 15 feet or more, but is rarely allowed to grow that tall or wide.


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

Bear, Delaware
Keystone Heights, Florida
Albany, Georgia
Laurel, Maryland
West River, Maryland
Lenox, Massachusetts
Uxbridge, Massachusetts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Versailles, Missouri
Southampton, New York
Martins Creek, Pennsylvania
Watsontown, Pennsylvania
Mosheim, Tennessee
Newport News, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
Toano, Virginia
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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