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Buxus sempervirens (Common Box) Instant Hedging

Buxus sempervirens


£70.79 Per Plant £58.99 Per Plant

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..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

Please note that troughs will incur a £55 delivery charge.

Buxus sempervirens (Common Box) Instant Hedging
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Up to 5 working days delivery

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Type 1m Trough Hedging, 20cm Wide Height 25-30cm Age N/A Delivery 5 Days Plants Per Bundle 1 1+ £77.99 £64.99 (£64.99 Per Plant) (£77.99 Per Plant) 2+ £74.39 £61.99 (£74.39 Per Plant) (£61.99 Per Plant) 3+ £73.19 £60.99 (£73.19 Per Plant) (£60.99 Per Plant) 4+ £70.79 £58.99 (£70.79 Per Plant) (£58.99 Per Plant)

Our Buxus Sempervirens is a native evergreen hedging plant with fragrant foliage. The hedging plant has pleasant yellow flowers which appear in late Spring. The plant has a very dense growth habit with small, glossy dark green leaves, making it ideal for low formal hedging.nIt is suitable in any soil, in particular moist well-drained and positioned in partial shade. For hedging, plant young plants just below the nursery soil mark to encourage growth from the base.

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. 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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Hardiness RatingH4
Foliage Colour (Main Interest)Green
Flower ColourYellow
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, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Amount of SunlightFull Shade, Partial Shade
Weather ExposureExposed, Sheltered
AspectNorth-Facing, East-Facing, South-Facing, West-Facing
Other FeaturesNative to the UK
Price Per Unit0.00
Delivery TimeWithin 5 Working Days

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.

    Container and Pot Planting Guidelines

    Container plants are available to purchase all year round and can be planted anytime throughout the year too, however, late autumn and early spring are the ideal times to plant as the roots have more time to grow before the stresses of new foliage growth and high temperatures occur. Plants can be kept in pots for months if there is a delay in planting, as long as they are well fed and watered. Larger pots will have bigger and more developed root systems making them suitable for an almost instant hedge row. Potted plants are especially advantagous as their root systems are in tact and protected within their container, promoting fast establishment and immediate growth once planted, unlike other forms such as bare root and root ball where inevitably there is some root damage when theyre lifted.

     How to Plant

    Dig your hole as deep as the root system of the pot and around three times the width. Widening the planting hole allows for enhanced plant growth by improving soil aeration and reducing compaction.

    Always water the plants thoroughly before planting. Tap the base of the container to remove the plant and root ball. Loosen the soil and untangle the roots if they appear too compact. Always handle the plant by the root ball, not by the stem or trunk.

    Refill the hole with soil that you originally removed for planting. Fill in around the plant until the hole is around one-third full. Break up any large clod of soil before back filling. Level the plant so it is standing straight in the ground and is planted at the correct depth.

    Planting your hedging plants at the correct distance is essential for ensuring a great end result. The type of hedge you require will determine the planting style and distance of your plants. A single row works well in most garden environments, however a double staggered planting design is great for creating a dense hedge to deter intruders or create a wind break or shelter.

    There is no cut and dry rule when it comes to planting density due to the amount of differences in the characteristics of plants. There are a number of variables that will decide the planting distance of your hedging plants; how vigorous a plant is, its habit, form and spread will all play a role in the final appearance of your hedge.

    Please refer to our run down of recommended planting distances for Potted Plants:

    Pot Size Recommended Planting Density
    9cm - 3 litre pots 3-5 per metre for a single row
    9cm - 3 litre pots 5-7 per metre for a double row
    5 litre pots 3 per metre for a single row
    5 litre pots 5 per metre for a double row
    10-15 litre pots 1-2 per metre
    15 litre pots + 1 per metre


    Remember that these planting densities should be used as a guide only.