SCIENTIFIC NAME: Buxus sempervirens
COMMON NAME: common boxwood
GROWTH HABIT: Grows 6' to 10' tall at a slow rate.
LEAVES: Opposite and widest below the middle while tapering to the tip. Has a rounded tip. The mid-vein is white underneath and the margins are entire.
OTHER: Hardy from zone 5 to 8. New twigs are square. The plant has a distinct odor when it is touched. Can be an expensive plant because it is slow growing. A plant that is synonymous with the American landscape scene since pre-revolutionary war times. No historic structure in this country east of the Mississippi River is without common boxwood as a mainstay of the landscape. All the old cities are still blessed with beautiful specimen plants. Shallow fibrous root system make this species a delight to transplant.