The Box Common Buxus Sempervirens is an evergreen hedge that makes for a great option whether tall, low, small or even your perfect topiary shape. The ever easy and versatile Box Common hedge is generally used to create low, compact hedging borders. Once grown to the desired height it is extremely pleasing to the eye, as it is so easy to cut into any shape with its luscious green leaves.
This hedge is renowned for being a slow growing variety, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that it can’t grow tall. They can grow up to thirty foot and are typically found on chalkland, with the largest natural collection in the UK being found at Box Hill in Surrey. On average it will grow four to six inches a year, and when used as a small border hedge, will sit well at a height of one to three foot tall.
These hedges can be planted and grown in most soils but prefers well drained soil, and can sit in either shade or sun. As this is a shallow surface rooting plant, it will benefit greatly from well prepared soil pre-planting and a yearly supply of mulch around its base, to help encourage growth and good health.
They are traditionally trimmed on Derby Day, which is in early June, but generally anytime during the early stages of Summer is a good time to prune. This allows for the hedge to ripen new growth before autumn hits. If trimmed later then the new growth won’t have enough time to grow and may become damaged from the first frosts. We’d always recommend trimming these hedges with hand shears so you won’t be left with less brown edges, and to plant them nine to twelve inches apart, to help for a nice, neat and dense bushy hedge.
For more information on our wide and varied selection of Box Common plants or any of our other hedging varieties, contact our specialist team members for more information.
15/20cm (6/8in) Bare Root 2 year old
|3 or more||1.99||(£2.39)||10 or more||1.26||(£1.51)|
|50 or more||1.06||(£1.27)||250 or more||0.93||(£1.12)|
20/30cm (8/12in) Bare Root 2 year old
|3 or more||2.39||(£2.87)||10 or more||1.46||(£1.75)|
|50 or more||1.31||(£1.57)||250 or more||1.15||(£1.38)|
30/40cm (12/16in) Bare Root 3 year old
|3 or more||2.79||(£3.35)||10 or more||1.68||(£2.02)|
|50 or more||1.54||(£1.85)||250 or more||1.38||(£1.66)|
40/50cm (16/20in) Bare Root 3 year old
|3 or more||3.99||(£4.79)||10 or more||2.63||(£3.16)|
|50 or more||2.06||(£2.47)||250 or more||1.90||(£2.28)|
40/50cm (16/20in) RootBall Bushy
|1 or more||9.99||(£11.99)||5 or more||8.95||(£10.74)|
|25 or more||8.45||(£10.14)||100 or more||7.90||(£9.48)|
40/50cm (16/20in) RootBall Bushy pack of 40
50/60cm (20/24in) RootBall Bushy
|1 or more||11.49||(£13.79)||5 or more||10.30||(£12.36)|
|25 or more||9.80||(£11.76)||100 or more||9.35||(£11.22)|
50/60cm (20/24in) RootBall Bushy pack of 30
60/80cm (2-3ft) RootBall Bushy
|1 or more||16.49||(£19.79)||5 or more||15.35||(£18.42)|
|25 or more||14.60||(£17.52)||100 or more||14.10||(£16.92)|
60/80cm (2-3ft) RootBall Bushy pack of 20
80/100cm (2.5-3.5ft) RootBall Bushy
|1 or more||22.99||(£27.59)||5 or more||21.50||(£25.80)|
|25 or more||20.65||(£24.78)||100 or more||19.85||(£23.82)|
80/100cm (2.5-3.5ft) RootBall Bushy pack of 20
100/120cm (3.5-4ft) RootBall Bushy
|1 or more||31.99||(£38.39)||5 or more||30.20||(£36.24)|
|25 or more||29.30||(£35.16)||100 or more||28.20||(£33.84)|
100/120cm (3.5-4ft) RootBall Bushy pack of 16
20/25cm (8/10in) in 9cm pots
|1 or more||2.49||(£2.99)||5 or more||2.28||(£2.74)|
|25 or more||1.98||(£2.38)||100 or more||1.76||(£2.11)|
20/25cm (8/10in) in 9cm pots pack of 100
|1 or more||158.00||(£189.60)||5 or more||145.00||(£174.00)|
|10 or more||132.00||(£158.40)||25 or more||119.00||(£142.80)|
25/35cm (10/12in) in 1 litre pots
|1 or more||3.39||(£4.07)||5 or more||3.10||(£3.72)|
|25 or more||2.78||(£3.34)||100 or more||2.55||(£3.06)|
25/35cm (10/12in) in 1 litre pots pack of 100
30/40cm (12/16in) in 2 litre pots
|1 or more||5.29||(£6.35)||5 or more||4.95||(£5.94)|
|25 or more||4.60||(£5.52)||100 or more||4.35||(£5.22)|
30/40cm (12/16in) in 2 litre pots pack of 60
40/50cm (16/20in) in 4 litre pots
|1 or more||8.29||(£9.95)||5 or more||7.90||(£9.48)|
|25 or more||7.45||(£8.94)||100 or more||6.90||(£8.28)|
40/50cm (16/20in) in 4 litre pots pack of 40
35cm (14ins) 2 year old trough hedge
|6 or more||39.20||(£47.04)||10 or more||37.36||(£44.83)|
|20 or more||35.60||(£42.72)||50 or more||33.92||(£40.70)|
(40cm) 2 year old trough hedge
|6 or more||50.00||(£60.00)||10 or more||47.68||(£57.22)|
|20 or more||45.44||(£54.53)||50 or more||42.40||(£50.88)|
BOX HEDGE-BOX HEDGING, BUXUS SEMPERVIRENS, COMMON BOX HEDGE
Buxus Sempervirens or Common Box is one the most widely used and accommodating plants for small hedges, edgings and topiary. The small luxuriant dark green leaves lend themselves to trimming and clipping into virtually any shape.
Albeit slow growing like all Box varieties, Buxus Sempervirens is an evergreen tree attaining a height of 9 metres (30ft ). Box is generally found on chalkland in the wild the largest natural stand of Common Box in the UK is at Box Hill in the North Downs of Surrey.
Common Box produces small oval leaves arranged in opposite pairs, pale green at first developing to a rich dark green as they mature. The insignificant yellow flowers appear in clusters from late winter into early spring.
The wood (Boxwood) of Buxus Sempervirens is hard and close grained- perfect for cabinet making, marquetry and wood turning. The leaves are very bitter and seldom troubled by rabbits or other browsing animals. Common Box is slow growing at 10-15cm (4-6ins) per year and is usually seen as a small internal garden hedge or edging of between 30-90cm (1-3ft) tall, with patience it will slowly form a much larger Box hedge of 5 metres (16ft) or more. Box hedging plants should be planted 22-30cm (9-12ins) apart. A good Box hedge can be grown in any well drained soil in sun or shade. Good soil preparation will give your Box hedging plants a much better start, compost or other organic matter should be applied to the top spades depth of soil only as Buxus sempervirens is a shallow surface rooting plant. An annual mulch will keep the fleshy roots of your Box hedge cool during the hot summer months and help maintain a lustrous dark green colour.
Box hedging plants are traditionally trimmed on Derby day in early June, any time in early summer is fine ? or at least well before the first autumn frosts.Early trimming will give your Box hedge ample time to ripen new growth before the autumn, late soft growth can be damaged by frost allowing fungal spores to enter the hedge. Box hedging is best trimmed with a sharp pair of hand shears, these will leave fewer brown edges than any hedge trimmer making a much neater finished job. Try and choose a cool overcast day to trim your Common Box hedge.
Buxus Sempervirens suffers from few pests or disorders. A new Common box hedge may sometimes develop a creamy white margin on the leaves which is caused by a lack of sulphur but this will normally pass as the root system develops and nourishes your new hedge. Box aphids are common, feeding on the new growth in spring, if you brush against an infested Box hedge a tell-tale cloud of sticky dust will appear. This can be treated but no real damage is sustained just a few misshapen leaves.
Keeping your Box hedging in ?good heart? will boost its natural defences. Pest and diseases are far less likely to attack healthy plants- an annual mulch in spring together with a feed of Seaweed fertiliser will not only help protect your Box hedge but also maintain a luxuriant dark green colour. We will supply full cultural instructions with your order. We strongly recommend Rootgrow and Bonemeal to help establish newly planted trees, these may be found on the left hand menu.