Common Box at-a-glance
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Ease of maintenance: ✯✯✯✯✯
Soil type: Acid or Alkaline
Preferred situation: Sun or Partial Shade
Growth Rate: Slow
Maintenance: Prune Box plants up to twice a year to retain their shape during the growing season – but avoid pruning in full sunlight as the cut stems will brown. Once the desired height has been achieved, prune annually to maintain
Versatility: Common Box is at its best as a hedge but can be kept in a tub or container.
And Finally: Box Hill in Surrey takes its name from the proliferation of wild box woodland that has dominated the steep, west-facing chalk slopes of the hill since at least the C.12th. Box Hill lies within both an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, offering homes to 40 species of butterfly. Around 850,000 people visit Box Hill every year – more in 2012 as it was a prominent part of the route for the Olympic road cycling races.