Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 4-5 ft(1.2-1.5 m), dense, compact, slow growing, with clipping can be kept to 6 inches (15 cm). Leaves opposite, simple, small, obovate-rounded, 1-2 cm long, emarginate, "quite fragrant" (some say reminiscent of feline urine!).
- Sun to part shade. Very slow growing, about 2.5 cm per year. Most popular and widely grown boxwood; often used for edging. "Can be severely disciplined to a mere 6in but if left to itself will reach 4ft" (Lucas Phillips and Barber, 1981, p. 90). This cultivar, as well as other boxwoods, may show winter bronzing, a condition enhanced by placement of plants close to south and west walls.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (5)6 Cultivated for centuries
- suffruticosa: slightly shruby