Buxus sempervirens

{ Buxus Sempervirens; European box; Abassian boxwood }

£25.00 - £70.00

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About Peter

You may recognise Peter: this evergreen shrub/tree can be found pretty much everywhere, from the forests of England, to the Mediterranean and northwest Africa. He's so prolific around these parts that there's even a town in Surrey named after him: Boxhill, a reference to his box-shaped foliage.

Peter has become a favourite ornamental tree, loved for his distinctive look and strong scent. Not everyone is a fan of his smell, though: apparently Queen Anne had him removed from the grounds at Hampton Court Palace because she wasn't into it. Most people enjoy his lovely aroma, though, as well as his glossy, evergreen foliage. We also love that he blooms small, yellow flowers in summer, and dark fruits in autumn (just make sure not to snack on them, though, as they're inedible).

Quick Facts

Botanical name: Buxus sempeverens

Nicknames: European Box, Abassian Boxwood

Plant type: Evergreen shrub/small tree / outdoor

Toxicity: Toxic to pets and humans

Pro level: Easy

Current plant heights including plastic pot:

Box balls:
30cm plant diameter. Pot size: 26cm
40cm plant diameter. Pot size: 31cm

Box Pyramids:
80-90cm plant height (including pot). Pot size: 21cm
100-120cm plant height (including pot). Pot size 26cm

Box Tree:
90-100cm plant height (including pot). Pot size: 29cm

How to care for Peter (European Box)

The basics:

Be sure to plant Peter in well-draining soil, as too much moisture can promote a deadly fungus called blight. To achieve this, simply use a good drainage material at the bottom of your pot such as pebbles - here's our blog post on how to best plant out your outdoor plants.

Give Peter regular drinks during growing season (spring-summer), never letting his soil dry out. You can reduce waterings in winter, but just make sure that the top few inches of his soil stays moist. His foliage can get between rain and his soil, so if he's looking a bit sickly, check his soil to make sure it's moist.

Trim peter with a pair of sanitised shears or scissors once a year during late spring/summer to encourage healthy new growth.

Going the extra mile:

Feed Peter with some organic, all-purpose fertiliser in early and mid-summer to promote growth.