Buxus sempervirens 'ELEGANTISSIMA'

Buxus sempervirens
Buxus sempervirens  'ELEGANTISSIMA'
variegated English box
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1-1.5m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-1m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:cream a green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
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English box is a well-known and popular evergreen shrub, used in both town and country gardens. Unless you grow it for trimming into a certain shape it is absolutely a maintenance-free and reliable feature.

Elegantissima brings light and colour into darker places. It has richly varigated leaves, their margins are creamy white or almost butter-yellow. It is ideal to light up dark corners or highlight borders with other evergreen shrubs of only green colour. It mixes well with broadleaves as well as conifers.

It grows moderately and does not make a regular shape so if you want to have it compact trim it in April (for density) and clip it again in mid-summer (for shape). It withstands hard pruning if done in the spring and followed by heavy fertilizing.

It adapts to almost any soil provided it is well-drained, but looks best in fertile, moist, slightly acidic soil and partial shade. Box can live happily in full sun if well mulched. This varigated form is fully hardy to -24°C (USDA zone 6) and can survive temporary spells down to -29°C if grown in winter shade.

Last update 21-01-2008; 27-11-2011
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
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