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Box hedging, or Boxwood as it is also sometimes known, has an attractive compact form that is easy to shape and prune. The glossy, dark foliage makes Buxus sempervirens a handsome evergreen hedging choice, providing year-round interest. The dense foliage of these hedge plants provides a robust cover that can withstand harsh weather conditions in the winter and the fairly non-descript flowers that appear on Box hedging in summer are very popular with bees, providing additional wildlife interest.
Most popular uses for Box hedging
Native to the UK, Box hedge plants are ideal for borders, edging pathways, knot-gardens and topiary. As Buxus sempervirens is also tolerant of drought and poor soils, it is a useful option for banks or slopes where other hedging varieties may struggle.
Combine Box Plants with
Box hedge plants are classically planted as a standalone hedge, as a display made solely of Box provides a stunning feature. Another option to consider would be to punctuate your Box hedging with Box Topiary for a spectacular ornamental impact.
Where to plant Buxus sempervirens
Box plants are tough and can grow well in any soil type, including positions with drought or poor soil conditions, but prefer a well-drained site. Buxus sempervirens can be planted on slopes and banks suited to a semi-shade position, although full sun or full shade is also tolerated.
Growth rate of Box hedge plants
A slow growing species, Buxus sempervirens will grow about 10 - 15cm a year, reaching a final height of between 0.5 - 1.5 metres. The height and shape of your Box hedge plants can be easily controlled with pruning, as this variety of hedging is renowned for its durability.
Care advice for Box hedge plants
Our pruning advice for Box hedging depends on the look you wish to create. For a more formal aesthetic, we recommend pruning your Box hedging twice a year, once in spring and then again in autumn. However, to achieve a more relaxed look, only one clipping is needed, in autumn or winter. It is also possible to hard prune Box without the worry of lost height taking a long time to grow again; we advise hard pruning in spring, as your Box hedge plants will make a faster recovery during this season than at other times of the year.
Box hedge problems
As a living thing Box hedging can occassionaly suffer from the plight of beasties and diseases that affect Box. All of our plants are fresh and healthy, but we've included the info below to keep you informed.
Box Blight(Cylinrocladium Buxicola) – This is a serious fungal disease of box that affects leaves and stems, it is most active during wet weather.
Symptoms – Leaves turn brown and drop off, stems may also develop black streaks and die back.
Natural Control – When buying plants, isolate for three weeks before planting to ensure they are
free from the disease. Avoid overhead watering as damp conditions encourage the spread of box blight. Remove and destroy infected plants, though spores can remain in the soil for up to 5 years.
Chemical Control – Fungicidal products containing tebuconazole are effective against Cylindrocladium. Always read the label and follow the manufacturers’ instructions.
Box Red Spider Mite(Eurytetranychus Buxi) – A very small sap sucking mite that feeds from the underside of the leaves in late spring and summer.
Symptoms - Plants infested with spider mite show a fine pale mottling on the leaf surface. The underside of the leaves have many tiny yellowish green mites and egg shells. These are more easily seen with the aid of a magnifying lens. In heavy infestations, you may see fine silk webbing on the plants, and the leaves lose much of their green colour.
Natural Control – Box spider mites are unlikely to become a major pest, so could easily be tolerated. As they infest the young growth they can be controlled by regular clipping of the hedge and then burning the trimmings.
Chemical Control – Products containing acetamiprid will give some control, always read the label and follow the manufacturers’ instructions. http://www.istockphoto.com/photo/plant-pest-gm488300649-39192742?st=2d7237b
Mussel Scale– (Lepidosaphes Ulmi) – A sap sucking insect that lives under a semi-hard scale that resembles a 3 mm long mussel.
Symptoms – Small bumps found on the underside of leaves or on the woody stems.
May exude a sticky white covering in summer to protect their eggs, and this can often be the first time they are noticed.
Natural Control – There is no natural control though light infestations will cause few problems.
Chemical Control – Product containing Deltamethrin or Cypermethrin will be most effective, spray in May/June. Always read the label and follow the manufacturers’ instructions.
Box rust(Puccinia buxi) - Box rust is caused by a fungus. It is not particularly troublesome and seldom causes serious problems.
Symptoms - Can be seen as thickened rusty blister-like pustules on both sides of the leaves. New leaves are infected in the spring and early summer. The fungus continues to grow during the summer and autumn and as a result the infected spots become thicker.
Natural Control – Can be controlled with a regular pruning regime, clip off the affected shoots in summer and autumn.
Chemical Control – Spray during early summer with one of the fungicides labelled for rust diseases. The fungicides containing tebuconazole are effective against box rust. Read the instructions carefully and follow the manufacturers’ recommendations.
Recommended planting density for Buxus sempervirens
For information on planting density specific to your Box hedge plants, please see the product table below. In the 'No. Per Metre' column you will find our recommended plant density for each individual plant species and root type. You can find out more about planting density here. Please note that if you are ordering Rootgrow for bare root Box plants, please add 20% to the recommended usage level to allow for the large root system.
We offer Buxus sempervirens in a variety of root types. Fantastic value bare roots are available November to late April/early May (depending on season), and our high quality cell grown, pot grown and instant Box hedging plants are available all year round. Buxus sempervirens is unusual in that it can be root balled throughout the year, which means we have a great selection of root balls in a range of sizes.
The vast bulk of our Box hedge plants are UK grown by industry experts, though we sometimes source our plants from professional cultivators abroad, where we can be sure that the quality of the plants match that of our UK sites. At Best4hedging we always endeavour to bring you the freshest, best quality produce whilst keeping our prices low, so you can buy Box hedge plants with confidence from our nursery in Lancashire.