Common box tree

{ Buxus Sempervirens; European box; Abassian boxwood }

£25.00 - £70.00

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About Peter

Peter is a favourite in gardens all over the country but is particularly popular in contemporary gardens that look to adopt a geometric theme.


Peter is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 8 metres tall. Fear not, it'll take 50 years to reach such heights and you'll want to give him the occasional trim in between to keep him in shape. He produces small yellow flowers in Summer and dark inedible fruit in Autumn.

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. Pot size: 21cm
100-120cm plant height. Pot size 26cm

Box Tree:
90-100cm plant height. Pot size: 29cm


Happy in most soils and sites, although best if given a bit of respite from direct afternoon sunlight.


Damp sites can be lethal for Box as it can promote a fungus called Blight. Although this is less common in urban areas, be sure to plant your box in well-draining soil. 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.

Looking after this plant

Requires a trim just once a year. His foliage can get in the way of rainwater reaching the soil so, if he's looking a little worse for wear, check his soil is moist as a first measure.

Living with pets and children

Toxic if consumed.