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?
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.
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 Grow Guide – Learn how to get the best from your Buxus
- How to make your buxus grow faster
- How to save a dying Buxus & common problems
- When is best to prune or trim your buxus
- How far apart should buxus be planted
Buxus can be grown into many shapes such as balls, pyramids, spirals, lollipop, or just hedges and topiary. Other plants could be used such as spiral bay trees, ilex crenata, taxus baccata or yew for yew balls or twisted yew trees
Last Modified: May 20, 2022