• 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 sempervirens 'Latifolia Maculata' (v)

box 'Latifolia Maculata'

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
box 'Latifolia Maculata'

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  • Other common names box 'Latifolia Maculata'

  • Synonyms Buxus sempervirens 'Japonica Aurea'

  • 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 'Latifolia Maculata' is a compact medium-sized evergreen shrub with leathery leaves 2-3cm in length, bright yellow when young, becoming green, blotched with dull yellow in summer

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity Ingestion may cause stomach upset

  • 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)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Partial Shade

  • Full Shade

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

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 20-50 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well-drained soil in full or partial shade. Susceptible to a number of box problems

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 8

Pests May be attacked by box sucker and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases Susceptible to box blight

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