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Common Box

Buxus sempervirens

Plant Data

Order:
Buxales
Family:
Buxaceae (Box)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Male and female flowers exist on separate plants. No petals. Male flowers have 4 greenish-white sepals and yellow stamens. Females are greenish and without sepals.
Fruit:
The flower turns into a green capsule and then into a solid brown woody seed case.
Leaves:
Evergreen shrub. Small, short stalks, dark green, oval, shiny and leathery.
Maximum Size:
5 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
Poisonous.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
The foliage and flowers are scented.
Other Names:
Abassian Boxwood, European Box, European Boxwood.
Habitats:
Gardens, scrub, woodland.