Box (Buxus sempervirens)
(Family - Buxaceae)
Evergreen small tree, slow growing and long lived. Height max 9m.
Prefers chalk and limestone slopes sometimes with Beech. Natural distribution in a few locations in Southern England and distributed though Southern Europe, N.Africa and Western Asia.
Flowers Leaves Fruit Ripen Fall
Yellow very hard and dense wood. Uses of wood - Has been used for carving, turnery, engraving blocks and inlay work. Takes a high polish and once highly valued. Still used for heads of mallets and rulers. Food and drink - Considered to have medicinal properties.
Growth & Propagation
Seed cases open suddenly ejecting small black seeds up to 3m away. Grown from seeds or cuttings.