Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’

Edging Boxwood, Dwarf Boxwood

Evergreen Shrub

Outstanding Qualities
Dwarf boxwood is indispensable for hedging and is the shrub of choice for the formal garden. It makes one of the best low, small hedges for the front of a border or to line paths. Its compact habit and very slow growth make it great for clipping, but it also looks great grown naturally as a tight billowy mound. The dark olive green foliage is the perfect foil for most garden plants.

Culture Notes
Boxwood will grow well in full sun to deep shade in well-drained soil. Once established it is moderately drought tolerant, but appreciates occasional watering. It will tolerate sandy and clay soils with regular summer watering and protection from hot afternoon sun. Boxwood has long been cultivated for its superior performance as a hedge or screen. Heavy shearing can be done in mid to late winter with lighter shaping in late spring to midsummer. Tightly sheared formal hedges need trimming once a month from May to August.

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Growing Conditions

Zone: 6, 7, 8
Water Use: Average, Drought Tolerant, Low

Exposure: Full Sun, Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade, Shade, Morning Sun, Filtered Sun, Open Shade, Bright Shade, Deep Shade

Description

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Container Gardens, Edging, Foundation, Hedge, Hedges and Screens, Mixed Beds, Mixed Border, Small Garden, Structure
Special Uses: Container / Window Box, Courtyard / Urban Garden, Deep Shade, Deer Resistant, Heavy Shade, Small Gardens, Tough, Tough / Fool-Proof
Wildlife: Bees, Deer Resistant

More Design Considerations

Seasons of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Looks Good Year Round, Year-round Interest
Maintenance Level: Prune annually
Behavior: Slow Growing
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Great Plant Pick, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’ (Dwarf Box) Hedging Plants

    Dwarf box (buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’) is the dwarf form of common box (buxus sempervirens). The difference between dwarf and common box is that dwarf box has a generally more dense appearance and grows more slowly than common box. Dwarf box leaves are more closely spaced on the twig than, and are about the same size as common box leaves.

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    • Dwarf box is generally used for relatively low evergreen hedges, and especially for box parterres and knot gardens. Hedging around 25-50cm tall could be planted in either dwarf or common box, depending on the required growth rate. Ultimately the choice between dwarf and common box hedging plants is a matter of personal preference, rather than precise rules. Buxus s. ‘Suffruticosa’ can also be used for fine evergreen topiary, especially balls, as the dwarf box plants have a dense naturally rounded growth habit.

      Dwarf box hedging plants are usually planted at 5 to 8 plants to the metre (20 to 12cm spacing). 6 plants per metre is probably the commonest spacing. The dwarf box hedge will look the same in the end, whatever the spacing in this range. The closer spacings may be chosen if relatively small hedging plants are required to form a complete hedge relatively quickly.

      Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’ can be planted at any time when the ground is workable. Container grown plants are generally used where the plants may be kept for some time before planting, and in summer.


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Here’s our guide to choosing the best box hedge for your conditions, to ensure a great healthy border or hedge. We also give an overview of the most popular varieties: English Box, Box Leaf Privet, BoxOz, Dutch Box, Japanese/Korean Box and Tom Thumb(Japanese Spindle Bush).

Best Type of Box Hedge for…

Dutch Box Box Leaf Privet BoxOz English Box Japanese Box Tom Thumb
Low Maintainence
Full Shade
Fast Growing
Wet Soil
Salty Soil
Full Sun
Small Hedge
Drought Tolerant

Box Hedge Varieties

English Box (Buxus sempivirens)

A stately English Box garden, featuring hedges and topiaries.

English Box is the classic formal box hedge. The advantages of an English Box hedge or border is that it only requires one or two trimmings per year. It needs very little water and it grows in almost any soil, except for a very heavy or poorly drained soil. English Box grows in full sun through to the very deepest shade. In fact English Box will grow with no direct sunlight, which is quite amazing. English Box is the best of the low borders when you have a border that is partly in full sun and partly in deep shade.

BoxOz (BoxOz lonicera)

BozOz potted and clipped to both hedges & topiaries.

BoxOz Lonicera has been specially developed by Chris, and is our exclusive hedging plant. It has a deeper green foliage, a denser finish and more clearly defined shape than the traditional Englsih Box.

We think BoxOz Lonicera is the best plant with which to create your perfect hedge or border, as it grows quickly and once your hedge has developed, it’s easy to maintain with only a few trimmings a year. New shoots are soft and easy to cut and trimming is an effortless relaxing experience.

Some traditional hedging plants grow only an inch or two a year. BoxOz Lonicera will produce a calf high border in under twelve months, a knee high hedge in around 18 months, and a waist high hedge in 30 months. Almost any soil is suitable, as long as it is not too swampy. Fertilise your BoxOz Lonicera occasionally with a complete fertiliser, and water as required.

Box Leaf Privet (Ligustrum undulatum)

Box Leaf Privet is one of the most popular formal hedge plants as it grows all year round, it will grow in almost any soil or conditions and if it is kept trimmed it looks as good or better than English Box. Box Leaved Privets love hot sunny positions(they don’t do well in a shady corner) and almost any soil as long as it is moderately well drained.

To create a dense bushy low hedge or border you only need to plant 4 box Leaf Privet plants per metre. Box Leaf Privet loves plenty of water, regular fertilising and regular trimming. Given these are provided, you will find that you can create a dense fine traditional or English Box style border in just one full growing season with very little cost.

Dutch Box (Buxus sempervirens “Suffruticosa”)

If your looking for a small hedging plant then Dutch Box is the one for you. As it is a dwarf box, it stays small, and grows with dense, glossy green foliage.

Dutch Box likes full sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soil, but will tolerate a wide range of soils and conditions. It should be clipped to maintain a formal shape.

Japanese or Korean Box (Buxus microphylla)

Japanese or Korean Box is a fantastic compact shrub with dark oval leaves. It’s the perfect drought tolerant hedge, it has a higher tolerance to heat than other varieties of Box Hedges, requiring little water once established. It does best is full sun however it can tolerate part shade just as well.

Japanese/Korean Box has a fine leaf, and is low and slow growing.

Tom Thumb/Japanese Spindle Bush (Euonymus Japonicus Microphyllus)

Tom Thumb grows much quicker than English Box and has deep green foliage that remains rich and green throughout the year. Tom Thumb can be maintained as a small to medium sized hedge from 30cm – 90cm tall. It’s hardy to poor soil, drought, heat and frost.

More Box Hedge Advice

If you would like more advice on choosing the right Box Hedge for your garden, simply contact us! You can also bring some photos of your garden with you to our Campbellfield Nursery and Chris or one of the experienced nursery staff will recommend the best box hedge for you.

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