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Buxus sempervirens (Common Box)

Buxus sempervirens

Box Hedging is one of the nation’s favourites for ornamental borders and low defensive hedges, and our Buxus Sepmpervirens is among the hardiest plants available. Their fragrant leaves are a rich glossy dark green, punctured by small yellow flowers that appear in late spring. They are typically slow growers but are extremely dense and don’t require much maintenance. Our Buxus Sempervirens is super tough and hardy. Full shade, exposed sites, and coastal regions cause no issues, and they’ll thrive in pretty much any soil, as long as they’re not too waterlogged. 

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Ground Preparation

Plants will not grow where soil contains too little air, insufficient nutrients or where soil moisture is either excessive or insufficient. Pre-planting soil preparation should aim to improve these conditions:

       • Loosen the soil generally to eliminate compaction and improve drainage

       • Weed the planting area (approx. 30cm each side of the trench)

       • Improve soil fertility by using fertiliser, organic matter and lime

       • Ideally, assess the need for lime with a soil pH test

       • Improving the soil for a wide area (2-3m (6½-10ft) around the plant) is best practice

If soils are waterlogged over winter consider installing drainage, or an alternative is to plant on a slight mound, about 25-30cm (10-12in) high and 1m (39in) in diameter. Excess moisture can kill the finer roots, which become blackened and sour smelling. Wet roots are more susceptible to disease, especially Phytophthora.

How to Plant your Tree or Shrub

       • Remove plants from containers or fabric wrapping (some specimen trees specify that the wrapping be left on under the terms of their guarantee)

       • Tease out and spread the roots to get an idea of their spread. Dig a planting hole that is no deeper than the roots, but is up to three times the diameter of the root system.

        If the sides or base of the planting hole are compacted, break the soil up with a fork before planting

       • With container grown plants, the top layers of compost should be scraped away, and the point where the roots flare out should be near the soil surface. 

        Place in the planting hole and refill the planting hole carefully, placing soil between and around all the roots to eliminate air pockets

       • When planting it is very important that the plant is not planted too deep, plant at the same level as it was at the nursery.

        There will be a clear indication on the stem of how deep the roots were in the ground, planting any deeper can cause the stem to rot and the plant to fail.


    How Much Watering to do Once Planted

    One of the most common problems with newly-planted trees and shrubs is drought stress, even during the mildest of our summers the rainfall will not normally replenish the soil with the necessary water the trees need to survive. During the establishment stage it is very important to ensure that the soil around the roots is moist at all times.

    Weeding Advice

    Weeds, lawns and other vegetation intercept water before it reaches the roots of newly planted trees and shrubs. It is best to keep a vegetation-free circle at least 1.2m (4ft) in diameter around the plant for its first three years to help avoid this problem. Keep the circle weed free through hoeing or use of contact or systemic weed killers. Laying mulch over this circle is also helpful, although take care to leave a collar of 10cm (4in) around the woody stems that is free of mulch, to prevent the risk of rotting the tree bark.

    Staking your Plant

    Where possible trees and shrubs should be staked as soon as they are planted, this is to prevent wind rock, and the movement of the roots. Most plants will take a couple of growing seasons to become fully anchored in the soil. The stakes should be checked regularly and any that are damaged or not fully supporting the plant should be replaced.
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    Box Hedging is one of the nation’s favourites for ornamental borders and low defensive hedges. It needs to be super tough, so we grow all of ours right here in the UK to make sure they’re the hardiest plants available.

    All of our plants are grow at our nursery in Herefordshire, which stretches across the base of the Malvern Hills over 220 acres. The hills provide a varied and intense microclimate, which gives us super strong plants that are resilient to all our countries weather conditions. Our unique Herefordshire soil is fine, loamy, and iron-rich, which is perfect for producing the deeply coloured foliage you see on all our Box Hedging. The fragrant leaves are a rich glossy dark green, punctured by small yellow flowers that appear in late spring.

    They’re slow growers at typically only around 15cm per year, but they grow extremely dense. It’s for this reason that they’re so popular for topiary, as they hold their shape most of the year and don’t need much maintenance. If left alone, they can eventually reach up to 6 metres high. We don’t use any chemical fertilisers on our plants when we grow them, so you’re able to use standard household compost if you’d like to try and maximise growth.

    Since we’ve grown our Box Hedging naturally and just as nature intended, they’re super tough and hardy. Full shade, exposed sites, and coastal regions cause no issues, and they’ll thrive in pretty much any soil, as long as they’re not too waterlogged. 

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    SKUBUXSEM
    Hardiness RatingH4
    Foliage Colour (Main Interest)Green
    Flower ColourYellow
    HabitBushy
    Ultimate Height4-8m
    Ultimate Spread4-8m
    Time to Ultimate Height (years)20-50 years
    Rate of Growth (per year)Slow (0-20cm)
    Soil MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
    Soil TypeChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
    Soil pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
    Skill RatingBeginner
    AvailabilityJanuary, February, March, April, November, December
    Amount of SunlightFull Shade, Partial Shade
    Weather ExposureExposed, Sheltered
    AspectNorth-Facing, East-Facing, South-Facing, West-Facing
    Other FeaturesNative to the UK
    Delivery Time1 Working Day

    Ground Preparation

    Plants will not grow where soil contains too little air, insufficient nutrients or where soil moisture is either excessive or insufficient. Pre-planting soil preparation should aim to improve these conditions:

           • Loosen the soil generally to eliminate compaction and improve drainage

           • Weed the planting area (approx. 30cm each side of the trench)

           • Improve soil fertility by using fertiliser, organic matter and lime

           • Ideally, assess the need for lime with a soil pH test

           • Improving the soil for a wide area (2-3m (6½-10ft) around the plant) is best practice

    If soils are waterlogged over winter consider installing drainage, or an alternative is to plant on a slight mound, about 25-30cm (10-12in) high and 1m (39in) in diameter. Excess moisture can kill the finer roots, which become blackened and sour smelling. Wet roots are more susceptible to disease, especially Phytophthora.

    How to Plant your Tree or Shrub

           • Remove plants from containers or fabric wrapping (some specimen trees specify that the wrapping be left on under the terms of their guarantee)

           • Tease out and spread the roots to get an idea of their spread. Dig a planting hole that is no deeper than the roots, but is up to three times the diameter of the root system.

            If the sides or base of the planting hole are compacted, break the soil up with a fork before planting

           • With container grown plants, the top layers of compost should be scraped away, and the point where the roots flare out should be near the soil surface. 

            Place in the planting hole and refill the planting hole carefully, placing soil between and around all the roots to eliminate air pockets

           • When planting it is very important that the plant is not planted too deep, plant at the same level as it was at the nursery.

            There will be a clear indication on the stem of how deep the roots were in the ground, planting any deeper can cause the stem to rot and the plant to fail.


      How Much Watering to do Once Planted

      One of the most common problems with newly-planted trees and shrubs is drought stress, even during the mildest of our summers the rainfall will not normally replenish the soil with the necessary water the trees need to survive. During the establishment stage it is very important to ensure that the soil around the roots is moist at all times.

      Weeding Advice

      Weeds, lawns and other vegetation intercept water before it reaches the roots of newly planted trees and shrubs. It is best to keep a vegetation-free circle at least 1.2m (4ft) in diameter around the plant for its first three years to help avoid this problem. Keep the circle weed free through hoeing or use of contact or systemic weed killers. Laying mulch over this circle is also helpful, although take care to leave a collar of 10cm (4in) around the woody stems that is free of mulch, to prevent the risk of rotting the tree bark.

      Staking your Plant

      Where possible trees and shrubs should be staked as soon as they are planted, this is to prevent wind rock, and the movement of the roots. Most plants will take a couple of growing seasons to become fully anchored in the soil. The stakes should be checked regularly and any that are damaged or not fully supporting the plant should be replaced.

      Hedge Nursery is the exclusive grower of Royal Horticultural Society Endorsed Hedging plants. Our hedging plants are licensed by the RHS as they are of the highest quality grown under expert nurserymen, with known seed provenance, and because of our great low-input growing methods. Our extensive selection of first class plants ranges from great value bare rooted plants to mature hedging for an instant effect. 

      RHS Endorsed Hedging Plants

      Why our RHS plants are better

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      WHO WE ARE

      Down in Herefordshire on the edge of the Malvern Hills, across hundreds of acres of outstanding countryside, you’ll find us hard at work growing the toughest and healthiest plants in the UK. 

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      HOW WE DO IT 

      We’ve been working hard for years, planting 100,000 seedlings every day and supplying the strongest hedges to every corner of the UK. How do we do it? Now’s your chance to find out. 

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      OUR SOIL & SEED

      Every seed we plant is traceable, and comes from the best possible source for the best possible plants. A good seed deserves good soil, and ours is as  nutritious as it gets - and we’ve got over 220 acres of the stuff! 

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      KEEPING GREEN

       Solar power, green composts, and no nasty chemicals. At every step of the journey, we make sure that what we do doesn’t harm our environment or the local wildlife.

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