Genus - Buxus

Buxus are more commonly known as boxwood. There are more than 90 species in the genus. The name is derived from the ancient Greek word puksos meaning box tree. The wood of boxwood is one of the few woods that are denser than water. It's fine grain make it excellent for carving.

Culture - Boxwoods prefer an alkaline pH between 6.8 and 7.5. Do not use acid type fertilizers on them as our local soil is already acidic (6.5-6.7 normally). Hand pruning is best as shearing can lead to a plant density restricting airflow and allowing for more leaf diseases and fungi.