Boxwood is an evergreen shrub native to Europe and Asia. It belongs to the genus Buxus which includes several species, some of which can reach four meters in height. The plant has an erect bearing and bushy character and is characterized by a very dense and thick crown. The leaves are petiolate, long and ovoid, dark green in color and measuring up to two and a half centimeters. Flowering is almost imperceptible since the flowers are very small and are lost among the dense foliage of the plant, while the fruits are capsules containing brown seeds. This plant is a rustic variety that is well suited to our climate and to our soils and can grow both in the sun and in the shade. Its ease of cultivation and its few needs, together with the dense and compact crown, make it one of the most used plants in the creation of hedges.
Exhibition and planting
As previously mentioned, this plant is a very rustic variety that easily adapts to any exposure, even if it prefers partial shade in hot climate regions and sun exposure in cold regions. Once planted, it immediately tends to form a dense network of roots that allow the plant to recover quickly from the transfer without being affected by the passage from one environment to another. Before implanting specimens of this type, it is necessary to create the right environment. The first thing to do is to dig a hole that is at least twice the size of the amount of land the plant was used to. Furthermore, before planting it, it is necessary to adequately fertilize the soil, being careful to add gravel in case the soil is particularly clayey. This expedient will make it more draining and will favor the correct development of the plant avoiding lethal root rot, since these plants do not tolerate water stagnation.