Genus: Boxwood

Buxus

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Boxwood (Buxus)
BUX-us
Buxaceae
This widely used genus is prized for its evergreen foliage and its ability to withstand heavy pruning. The yellow-green flowers are insignificant.  Buxus has been used in hedging, topiaries, and parterres for centuries. 
Noteworthy characteristics:  Opposite, glossy rounded to lance-shaped leathery leaves. Variegated forms exist.
Care:  Grow in any soil, preferably in part shade. Tolerates full sun if the soil is moist. Prune in late spring and summer; supply fertilizer after any heavy pruning to aid in regeneration.
Propagation: 

Root semi-ripe cutttings in summer. Graft in winter.

Problems: 

Powdery mildew, canker, root rot, dieback, and leaf spot are common. Leaf miner, scale, caterpillars, psyllids, and mites also occur. Foliage can winter burn if planted in an unprotected site.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Buxus

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Boxwood
Buxus sempervirens 'Green Mountain'
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Dwarf English Boxwood
Buxus Sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’
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Green Tower Boxwood
Buxus sempervirens 'Monrue' P.P. #15,243