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PlantFiles: Common Boxwood, American Boxwood
Buxus sempervirens 'Variegata'

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

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive opera_fiore On Oct 11, 2008, opera_fiore from Fayetteville, AR wrote:

Beautiful slow grower: will stay alive in deep shade, but don't expect any growth. Lightens up dark corners and needs little attention. Buy it at the size you want if you're putting it in shade: it won't grow much. The beautiful little "harlequin" spear shaped leaves are beautiful. I have a hedge of them in deep shade, and it looks great.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Buxus sempervirens 'Variegata' VARIEGATED ENGLISH BOX EG (z6) (Bon,Fra)
Large shrub or small tree with small green leaves attractively edged with cream. Very striking as a hedge or specimen. PSh/Med.


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

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Calistoga, California
San Jose, California
Louisville, Kentucky
Cobb Island, Maryland
Dracut, Massachusetts
Ludington, Michigan
Piscataway, New Jersey
Portland, Oregon
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
Culleoka, Tennessee
Lexington, Virginia

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