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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
common box European box
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
B. sempervirens is a large, slow-growing evergreen shrub to 5m or more, compact in habit, with small, glossy oval or oblong leaves, and small, yellowish flowers in the leaf axils
SW Eurasia, N Africa
Toxicity Ingestion may cause stomach upset
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect North-facing or South-facing or East-facing or West-facing
Exposure Sheltered or Exposed
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilClay, Chalk, Sand, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grows best in well-drained soil in partial shade; can be scorched by sun and strong winds. Susceptible to a number of box problems
Propagate from semi-hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Drought Resistant Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance Banks and Slopes Ground Cover Garden Edging
Patio & Container Plants Mediterranean Climate Plants
Pruning Pruning group 8
Pests Can get box sucker, mussel scale and box red spider mite
Susceptible to a leaf spot and box blight
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