Small evergreen tree, more vigorous than common box and not as susceptible to Box blight and not as tasty for Box caterpillar. Buxus sempervirens ‘Rotundifolia’ are perfect for growing into small umbrella shaped trees. The shiny evergreen foliage makes a great focal point in the winter months. The growth aren’t as dense as Buxus sempervirens which meand good air circulation throughout the canopy and this reduces blight. The leaves are larger and thicker so the box moth caterpillars have more trouble biting into them. The bark of Buxus sermpervirens ‘Rotundifolia’ is quite light in colour and contrasts well with the dark colour of the canopy vegetation. Given time this plant will reward you with a beautiful evergreen tree.
Flowers: Not grown for its small yellow green flowers.
Bark: Smooth light grey.
Leaves: Evergreen. Larger green leaves which darken in winter. When spring arrives, new lime green coloured leaves sprout out the top of the plant creating an incredible contrast to the winter foliage.
Ultimate height: 6 to 8m
Autumn colour: N/A (evergreen)
Uses: As a small evergreen tree with characterful stems.