Box - Buxus sempervirens


    Evergreen shrub or small tree. Leaves opposite, oval to elliptical. Flowers greenish yellow, tiny (2 mm) in lateral clusters with male and female borne on the same plant. Fruit small three horned capsule containing black seeds.

    Similar Species

    Very similar to Wilson's Honeysuckle and Box-leaved Honeysuckle, but quite different when inflower and fruit.


    Identification difficulty

    Hedgerows and woodland, usually as an escape from cultivation.

    When to see it

    Flowers April and May.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread as a naturalised plant in most parts of Britain, more scattered in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional as a naturalised plant in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 44 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map