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Buxus sempervirens 'Elegantissima' (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

Cream, Green and Variegated in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Pale Green in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

box 'Elegantissima'

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

'Elegantissima' is a medium-sized evergreen shrub with dense foliage and compact rounded habit. Leaves narrowly ovate or oblong, with narrow creamy-white margins, sometimes distorted

Synonym(s)

  • Buxus sempervirens 'Silver Variegated'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grows best in well-drained soil in partial shade; can be scorched by sun and strong winds

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate from semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Banks and Slopes, Patio/Container Plants, Mediterranean Climate Plants or Ground Cover


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Can get box sucker, mussel scale and box red spider mite

Diseases

Susceptible to a leaf spot and box blight