Buxus’ main features are its small dimensions and an extraordinary ability to stand pruning, a quality that allows it to be subject to the most bizarre prunings. This tree grows slowly and to a ripe old age, so it is very popular for hedgerows. It has small hard leaves that have an intense smell and form a compact foliage.

It won’t be hard for you to plant it: it will be enough to dig a hole twice the size of the plant’s root ball. You’ll need to do this in drained soils where you will also put a layer of fertilizer. Once the plant is placed in the hole, you will have to tamp down the soil around it. The ideal location is where the plant will be fully exposed to sunlight or in mid-shade, based on the average temperature of the area.


Buxus can stand cold and temperatures below 0 °C. It usually gets enough water from rainfalls, but in case of particularly dry periods, it might need to be watered.