• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Buxus microphylla 'Faulkner'

small-leaved box 'Faulkner'

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
  • Other common names small-leaved box 'Faulkner'

  • Synonyms Buxus sempervirens 'Faulkner'

  • Family Buxaceae

  • Genus Buxus can be evergreen shrubs or small trees, with simple, leathery, opposite leaves and clusters of small, pale yellow flowers followed by pale green to brown fruits

  • Details 'Faulkner' is a dense, low, compact, spreading evergreen shrub with small, rounded, mid-green aromatic leaves

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Foliage

  • Toxicity Ingestion may cause stomach upset, contact may irritate the skin

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Shade

  • Partial Shade

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect East-facing or South-facing or North-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilClay, Chalk, Sand, Loam

  • pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grows best in well-drained soil in partial shade; can be scorched by sun and strong winds. Susceptible to a number of box problems

Propagation Propagate from semi-hardwood cuttings

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How to care

Pruning Pruning group 8

Pests Can get box sucker, box red spider mite, box tree moth caterpillars and mussel scale

Diseases Susceptible to a leaf spot and box blight

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