Not rated yet

Box, Common

Buxus sempervirens

Calculate how many plants you need to create a hedge
  • £2.79
Size / Type Price per item for
1+ 5+ 50+ 250+
Price per item for 1+ 5+ 50+ 250+
Tr 15-20cm
Tr 20-30cm
Tr 30-40cm
Pg 15-20cm
Pg 20-30cm
  • Plant Types & Availability - More information

    Tr = Bare Root Transplant, Pg = Pot Grown

    All prices include VAT at 20%.

Very dense, bushy, small-leaved native evergreen, with dark green glossy, leathery leaves with an unusual sweet smell. Small, inconspicuous, tufty, honey scented, clusters of pale yellow flowers appear in the leaf axils from late winter to spring followed by pale green to brown fruits. The flowers are attractive to bees and other insects. Slow growing, shade tolerant. Box has traditionally been used for topiary work and for formal hedges.

HEDGE Suitable for formal trimmed hedges. Trim August or September. For hedges 30cm - 2.7m (1 - 9ft). Plant 23 - 38cm (9 - 15ins) apart.

TREE 3 x 1.5m (10 x 5ft) in 20 years, ultimate height 9m (30ft).

Save 10% on this plant when collecting from the Garden Centre - discount will be automatically applied when Click and Collect is selected - click here for more details.

Box, Common is available as:

Tr = Bare Root Transplant
Pg = Pot Grown

Bare-Root Plants (Transplants)

Bare-root plants are sold without a pot/soil around the roots. This is a more cost effective and environmentally friendly way of growing plants. To ensure the best plant health we do not store our plants in cold storage, but they are left in our field or plant beds until they are ready for packing or collection.

Transplanted plants have been lifted from the ground and replanted. This encourages a better fibrous root system and makes the plant stronger and bushier.

Pot Grown Plants

These are normally sold in small 9cm wide pots, unless a different pot size is shown (where the pot size is shown in litres). Pot grown plants can be planted at any time of the year.


Pot Grown are generally available all year. Bare rooted plants are only available when the plants are dormant (typically from late November to March).

If a plant is currently out of stock because it is out of season (for example, bare rooted plants in summer) or we have sold out but we are expecting more to be available you can pre-order the plant. We only charge credit/debit cards when an order is despatched, not when an order is placed.

Planting Distances for planting as a Hedge

We recommend planting Box, Common in a single row between 23cm/9ins apart and 38cm/15ins apart:

Planting closer will mean the plants will grow together and form a hedge quicker, but requires more plants.

To calculate the number of plants needed for a length of hedging, click on Planting Distance Calculator above.

Planting Guide & RootGrow

We recommend planting with RootGrow. The recommended amount for RootGrow for an order will be shown in your shopping basket.

We will send out a planting guide with your order, you also can find a guide to planting here.


Hedging - As a general rule, plants grown for hedging need pruning to encourage side branching. Usually the harder a plant is pruned the bushier it will be. If they are not pruned there is a danger that the hedges will be thin and bare at the base and that the tips of the plants will die back. If the plant is naturally bushy, less or sometimes no pruning will be needed to achieve a dense hedge.

Box, Common: Nip back growing points and prune only straggly or untidy shoots.

    • SKU
  • Native/Wildlife/Evergreen
    • RHS Plants for Pollinators
    • Good for Wildlife/Bees
    • Native
    • Evergreen/Deciduous
    • Keeps Leaves in Winter
  • Soil and position
    • Suitable for any normal soil and position, and
      Suitable for Chalky Soil
      Suitable for Costal Areas
      Suitable for Damp Shade
      Suitable for Dry Shade
  • Plant Height and Growth
    • Hedge Height
      30-275cm (1-9ft)
    • Approx. Ultimate Height
      9m (30ft)
    • Average Growth per Year
      10-15cm (4-6ins)
  • Root Type/Plant Size
    • Root Type/Plant Size
      Pot Grown, 15-20cm (6-8ins)
      Pot Grown, 20-30cm (8-12ins)
      Bare Root Transplant, 15-20cm (6-8ins)
      Bare Root Transplant, 20-30cm (8-12ins)
      Bare Root Transplant, 30-40cm (12-18ins)
    • Potted/Bare Root
      Pot Grown
      Bare Root