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English Boxwood Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

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BUK-sus sem-per-VEE-renz
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

'Suffruticosa' is a very slow-growing true dwarf cultivar of English boxwood.  It has fine, soft, slightly glossy green leaves that keep their color throughout the year.  These compact, rounded shrubs grow to 2 to 3 feet tall and 2 to 4 feet wide and are very easy to grow.  

It grows best in evenly moist, well-drained loamy soil in full sun to part shade. Though it can grow in a range of soil types and survive in close to full shade, it will be less vigorous and have decreased foliage than if grown in optimal conditions.  Growing in full sun is likely to cause the foliage to scorch in winter or bring on mite attacks. Morning sun is best as well as protection from strong winds.

'Suffruticosa' is tolerant of pruning; however, pruning should be done after the last frost. Pruning will lead to tender new shoots which can be damaged by a late frost. Its shallow roots should be protected with a layer of mulch. Limit cultivation around these shallow roots as it can damage the plant. The location and maintenance of this plant can have an effect on its health. Protect from winds and full winter sun by placing in a location where these conditions are limited. Winter winds can cause dehydration and bronzing. Remove any accumulated snow to protect the branches. Thinning plants annually will assist with air circulation.  This shrub is resistant to browsing by deer and rabbits.

Plant it in mass or small groups in formal English or cottage gardens or in small spaces along walkways, foundations, or in a courtyard planting.  This plant works well planted in containers, along a lawn, or dotted along a sloped area of the landscape.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Box red spider mite, box sucker, and mussel scale are occasional insect problems.  Leaf spot and box blight are occasional disease problems.  

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#evergreen#specimen#easy to grow#slow growing#bonsai#winter interest#dwarf#cottage garden#accent plant#rabbit resistant#year-round interest#topiary#hedges#deer resistant#formal gardens#walkway planting#small group plantings#compact habit#patio planting#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#shearing#container plants
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Buxus
    Species:
    sempervirens
    Family:
    Buxaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Non-showy
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Orange
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Soft
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Orange
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Lustrous, soft dark green ovate leaves, light green to yellowish on the underside of the leaf. May develop an orange-green cast in winter.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Dogs and cats: vomiting, diarrhea; Horses: colic, diarrhea, respiratory failure, seizures
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Alkaloids
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No