English Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Family: Boxwood

Type: Shrub

Other Common Name: Common Box

English Boxwood, known for its dense, lush foliage and classic appeal, is a staple in traditional garden designs. This evergreen shrub is prized for its rich green leaves and compact growth habit. It’s a versatile plant that adds elegance and structure to any landscape.

Renowned for its ability to be shaped into various forms, English Boxwood is perfect for topiaries and formal hedges. Its slow growth rate makes it a low-maintenance choice for busy gardeners.

English Boxwood thrives in well-drained soil and partial to full sun exposure. It’s resistant to deer and pests, making it a durable and long-lasting addition to gardens and landscapes.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 4b-6b

Deer Resistant: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Average to moist

Sun Needs: Full sun to partial shade


Growth Rate: Slow

Average Height (feet): 3

Average Spread (feet): 4

Average Life Span (years): 40

Form: Oval


Foliage Color: Green

Leaf Fall Color: Orange

Foliage Shape: Round

Landscaping Your Yard With English Boxwood

Incorporating English Boxwood into your yard creates a sense of timeless elegance. Its classic look suits a variety of landscape designs, from formal to casual.

Use English Boxwood to create low hedges or borders along pathways and garden beds. Its dense foliage provides a neat, trimmed appearance all year round.

For a dramatic effect, shape English Boxwood into topiaries. This practice allows for artistic expression and brings a focal point to your garden.


Suitable Garden Styles

Traditional English Gardens

In a traditional English garden, English Boxwood serves as a key element. Its ability to form neat, clean lines complements the structured design of these gardens, often used in knot gardens and parterres.

Formal Landscapes

English Boxwood is a classic choice for formal landscapes. Its symmetrical growth and ease of shaping are ideal for creating precise geometric patterns and well-defined spaces.

Contemporary Settings

In contemporary garden designs, English Boxwood adds a touch of greenery without overpowering the minimalist aesthetic. It works well as a structured element in otherwise relaxed and naturalistic spaces.

English Boxwood Landscaping Ideas

Pair English Boxwood with flowering perennials for a charming contrast. Its deep green foliage accentuates the vibrant colors of flowers, creating a visually appealing garden.

Create a serene and balanced garden by using English Boxwood in symmetrical designs. This approach enhances the garden’s sense of order and harmony.

Use English Boxwood in container gardens for an elegant and versatile display. This allows you to move the plants as needed and adds greenery to patios or balconies.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, English Boxwood starts to show new growth, with bright green leaves emerging. This adds a fresh, lively look to your garden, signaling the start of the growing season.


During the summer, English Boxwood maintains its deep green color, providing a constant backdrop for summer blooms. It can also offer a cooling effect in garden spaces.


As autumn arrives, English Boxwood continues to hold its color, contrasting beautifully with the warm tones of fall foliage. It remains a sturdy and vibrant presence in the garden.


In winter, English Boxwood stands out with its evergreen leaves against the bare, dormant landscape. Its resistance to winter weather makes it a reliable source of color during the colder months.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

English Boxwood performs best in locations with well-drained soil and partial to full sunlight. It’s ideal for planting near walkways, patios, or as a part of foundation plantings, where its beauty can be fully appreciated.


This shrub thrives in both full sun and partial shade. However, too much direct sunlight can cause leaf burn, while too little light may lead to sparse foliage. A balance of sun and shade throughout the day is ideal.


English Boxwood prefers well-drained, loamy soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. Good drainage is crucial to prevent root rot, so avoid areas where water tends to accumulate.


Space English Boxwood plants about 2 to 3 feet apart. This spacing allows enough room for growth while providing sufficient air circulation, which is essential for preventing disease.

When to Plant

The best times to plant English Boxwood are in the cooler months of spring or fall. This allows the plants to establish roots without the stress of extreme heat or cold.

How to Plant

Plant at the same depth as the root ball and twice as wide. Position the shrub in the hole, fill with soil, and water thoroughly. Adding mulch around the base helps retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.

Plant Care Tips


Water new plants regularly until established. Mature English Boxwoods require less frequent watering but should not be allowed to dry out completely. Over-watering can lead to root problems, so ensure proper drainage.


Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to encourage healthy growth. Avoid over-fertilizing, which can harm the plant and the environment.


Prune English Boxwood in late winter or early spring. Regular pruning helps maintain shape and promotes dense, healthy growth. Remove dead or diseased branches to keep the plant vibrant.

By Season


Spring Care

In spring, fertilize and mulch to promote healthy growth. Monitor watering needs as the weather warms and prune to shape the plants and encourage new growth.

Summer Care

During the summer, keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Protect plants from extreme heat and watch for signs of pests or disease. Avoid heavy pruning in summer.

Fall Care

Prepare for winter by reducing watering and stopping fertilization. A light pruning can help maintain shape, but avoid stimulating new growth that may be damaged by cold.

Winter Care

In winter, monitor soil moisture, as Boxwoods can suffer from root rot if over-watered. Protect from harsh winter winds and heavy snowfall, which can damage branches.


How Fast Does English Boxwood Grow?

English Boxwood is a slow-growing shrub, typically adding about 1-2 inches per year. Its growth rate depends on environmental factors and care practices.

Can English Boxwood Be Grown in Pots?

Yes, English Boxwood can be successfully grown in pots, making it a versatile choice for patios and balconies. Ensure adequate drainage and regular watering.

Is English Boxwood Prone to Pests or Diseases?

While generally robust, English Boxwood can be susceptible to boxwood blight, root rot, and pests like boxwood mites. Proper care and monitoring can help prevent these issues.

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