Buxus sempervirens ‘Argentea’ • Variegated common boxwood

Buxus Boxwood ツゲ 黄楊 tsuge

We have only one of those densely growing upright common boxwood shrubs, maintained at about 2′, situated in a row of different boxwoods and hollies along the E Path toward the end of Area F. Boxus ‘Argentea’ is easily spotted for its variegated leaves;  it’s a very hardy evergreen.


SJG • 3/30/17 – Buxus sempervirens ‘Argentea’ – at the end of Area F, along the E path


SJG • 3/30/17 – Buxus sempervirens ‘Argentea’ – close-up of the variegated leaves (Area F)

From ShootGardening UK: […] Argenteo-variegata’ is a slow-growing, evergreen shrub. It has small, dark-green, shiny leaves with creamy margins and insignificant flowers in spring. It responds well to frequent clipping, making it a good candidate for topiary. […] Toxicity: Ingestion may cause stomach upset. Contact may cause skin irritation.
Flower: Pale-yellow, Insignificant or absent in Spring […]

Wikipedia on Boxus sempervirens: […] Buxus sempervirens (common box, European box, or boxwood), is a species of flowering plant in the genus Buxus, native to western and southern Europe, northwest Africa, and southwest Asia, from southern England south to northern Morocco, and east through the northern Mediterranean region to Turkey. Buxus colchica of western Caucasus and B. hyrcana of northern Iran and eastern Caucasus are commonly treated as synonyms of B. sempervirens. […]

Box remains a very popular ornamental plant in gardens, being particularly valued for topiary and hedges because of its small leaves, evergreen nature, tolerance of close shearing, and scented foliage. The scent is not to everyone’s liking: the herbalist John Gerard found it “evill and lothsome” and at Hampton Court Palace Queen Anne had box hedging grubbed up because the odor was offensive, Daniel Defoe tells.

Several cultivars have been selected, including ‘Argenteo-variegata’ and ‘Marginata’ with variegated foliage; such “gilded box” received a first notice in John Parkinson’s Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris (1629). […]

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