Common Box

Common Box - Buxus sempervirens Buxus sempervirens
Species: Buxaceae
Type: Evergreen
Height: Up to 30' (9 m)
Common Box    

Box is a fairly common tree in British gardens and is a native to Southern Britain. However, it is usually seen in a dwarf form as an ornamental shrub or hedge rather than as a tree. If left to grow it can reach up to 9 metres.

The leaves are small (15 - 25 mm long), stiff and leathery. It has small flowers in April/May.

The leaves can be used for medicinal purposes and the wood for carving and musical instruments.

Common Box - Buxus sempervirens
    Common Box Leaves

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