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Buxus sempervirens 'Latifolia Maculata' (v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause stomach upset; contact may irritate the skin

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Green and Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

box 'Latifolia Maculata'

Family

Buxaceae


Buxus can be evergreen shrubs or small trees, with simple, leathery, opposite leaves and clusters of small, pale yellow flowers followed by pale green to brown fruits

'Latifolia Maculata' is a compact medium-sized evergreen shrub with leathery leaves 2-3cm in length, bright yellow when young, becoming green, blotched with dull yellow in summer

Synonym(s)

  • Buxus sempervirens 'Japonica Aurea'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in full or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

May be attacked by box sucker and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

Susceptible to box blight