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Common Name: Boxwood, English Boxwood, Common Boxwood
Botanical Name: Buxus sempervirens (BUC-sus sem-per-VI-renz)
Decorative Life: 14 days.
Post Harvest Care
- Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into water plus regular household bleach at 20 drops (1/4 teaspoon) per quart.
- Do not allow this cut green to dry out, either by not keeping it in a solution and/or not holding it under proper temperature and humidity conditions.
Harvest Instructions: Plants do very well when grown under partial shade but are quite susceptible to nematodes. Regardless, it is a very slow grower. Also, may exhibit winter burn when grown in northern climates and for that reason is often covered in the winter.
- Member of the Buxaceae (boxwood family).
- Native to Europe, N. Africa and Western Asia.
- Related species are Pachysandra and Sarcococca.
- Stiff, oval leaves, up to 1 inch long, occur on woody branches.
- Stems are cut to various lengths.
- Plant is an evergreen shrub, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
- May produce an odor that some may not like.
Flower Color: Not applicable.
Storage Specifics: 36-41F in water.
- The specific epithet name "sempervirens" means evergreen.
- Very common as a hedge in formal gardens.
- The most common color is green but there are many variegated types.
- Often found as border plants in old, formal garden settings associated with large estates.
- Sometimes may give off what some might describe as a somewhat unpleasant odor. However, this attribute should not hinder its use in the floral industry.