Buxus haleppica K.Koch
Buxus longifolia Boiss.
Buxus balearica is an evergreen shrub or small tree that can grow up to 9 metres tall in the wild, though is generally smaller in cultivation[
The plant is harvested from the wild for its high quality wood. It is grown as an ornamental in gardens, where it can be used as a hedge.
Europe - Spain, Balearic Islands; N. Africa - Morocco, Algeria; W. Asia - Turkey
Dry hills. Open or lightly shaded positions on rocky slopes or sandy soils, usually where the soil is moist; at elevations up to 1,300 metres.
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in almost any soil that is well-drained[
], tolerating light shade and chalky soils[
]. Tolerates a pH range from 5.5 to 7.4[
A very slow growing plant[
The foliage is pungently scented, especially when wet[
Plants can be grown as a small to medium-size hedge. They are very tolerant of pruning, and can be used in topiary, but are rather slow growing[
The yellowish wood is very hard, close grained. Of high quality, though usually only available in small dimensions, it is used for engraving, turnery, carving, and small items such as musical and mathematical instruments[
Seed - stratification is not necessary but can lead to more regular germination[
]. The seed is best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[
]. Sow stored seed as early in the year as possible in a cold frame. It usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 15°c but stored seed can take longer[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of short side shoots with a heel, September in a frame[
]. High percentage[
]. Rather slow to root[
Nodal cuttings in spring in a frame. Fairly easy[