Boxwood

Buxus sempervirens 'longifolia'
Buxaceae, Box Family
Boxwood
Boxwood
I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together: That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.
Isaiah 41:19-20 KJV
Boxwood
The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
Isaiah 60:13 KJV

Cultural Information

TypeOrnamental Shrub
Height6 to 20 feet
Soilvariety of well-drained soils
Exposurefull sun to part shade
Leaveshearty green, glossy leaves; petite, elongated, oval-shaped, evergreen
Flowerscreamish clusters, imperceptibly small at base of leaves

Planting Tips

  • zone 6 evergreen
  • enjoy the faithful flexibility of boxwood: grow as small tree, large hedge or in boxed/topiary forms
  • grows well in pots
  • slow, steady grower
  • allow free form growth or trim or shear as desired
  • plant as a happy green background to more colorful, showy specimens

Garden to Table

  • grow boxwood topiary in sunny rooms indoors for evergreen accents to tabletops
  • boxwood branches and sprigs make excellent filler for all kinds of bouquets and flower arrangements
  • loop sprigs in casual knots around napkins to set the table with garden greenery
  • use boxwood branches in garlands, swags and wreaths for evergreen Christmas decoration without the needle mess

Additional Resources

See Blog Posts on Boxwood
Hardy and enduring, boxwood was found in the hills of Galilee, north to Lebanon, the Mediterranean and Europe. Petite yet elongated leaves distinguish ‘longifolia’ from the common box having leaves with a pudgy, oval shape; it is debated whether this is a variety or species all its own. The hearty green and glossy leaves are the shrub’s standout attribute, edging borders and beds, giving distinction and definition, holding the boundary of the garden with permanence and poise.
-from the NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible
Boxwood
The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
Isaiah 60:13 KJV

Photo Credits

© www.florum.fr/buxus-sempervirens-longifolia/60761/buis-commun-zp.html
© 2006 Rob van Hilten from Flickr Creative Commons - Hundreds of buxus plants stand in line
©2015 Shelley S. Cramm Boxwood from the garden makes a simple wreath, adorned with cranberries for Christmas glory
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