Buxus trees are very sensitive to spacing because the spacing of your Buxus plants or hedges plays a significant role in the overall size that the plant achieves in its lifetime.

How Far Apart Should Buxus Be Planted?

Buxus sempervirens - Hardy Box for Hedging - 40cm-60cm tall established Plants - Pack of 10

Buxus sempervirens – Hardy Box for Hedging – 40cm-60cm tall established Plants – Pack of 10

Generally, the common Buxus should be planted 30 to 40 centimetres apart, but more compact cultivars such as Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’ and Buxus microphylla should be planted at smaller intervals of about 10 to 15 centimetres. 

Also, smaller cultivars can be planted 2 to 3 feet from each other while larger cultivars can be planted 5 to 6 feet apart to provide sufficient space for each plant to reach its full size.

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The distance is not the only important factor to consider in spacing but also how equal it is. 

How to ensure even spacing for Buxus

Uneven spacing shows years after planting and may distort the aesthetically pleasing view that your Buxus hedge is supposed to provide. To ensure even spacing between your Buxus hedge, plant in a straight row rather than a double row or a staggered row.  Using trenches rather than digging holes also makes it easier to achieve to ensure even spacing. Lastly, space the plants at an equal interval of 20 centimetres in a straight line.

BUXUS GUIDES & Further Reading

Buxus can be grown into many shapes such as ballspyramidsspiralslollipop, or just hedges and  topiary. Other plants could be used such as spiral bay treesilex crenatataxus baccata or yew for yew balls or twisted yew trees

 

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Last Modified: May 20, 2022