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Buxus, dwarf or standard?

LsinshirleyLsinshirley Posts: 67
edited August 2019 in Plants
In March last year some buxus were planted. The weather wasn’t great and within a few months some went white so I replaced. The ones on the right of the picture are original, ones on the left replacements. When I bought the replacements I thought they were baby versions of the adult. Both sizes have grown so maybe the small ones will catch up (helped with trimming of the larger ones).

Are the plants on the left dwarf version of plants on right?


  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,149
    Hi Lsinshirley,
    It's possible the newer plants are a dwarf version (buxus sempervirens Suffruticosa)
    but without the labels, it's difficult to tell. They certainly look slightly different from the older plants.
    The moral here is....always keep the plant labels. It's helpful years down the line when you need to replace a treasured plant but can't recall the name.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,688
    If you can take a photo a bit closer so others can compare better. The smaller version has more rounded leaves that fold back a bit.

  • large at top, small at bottom. Next time I go to garden centre I will take a tape measure 😝
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