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Small-leaved Box 'Faulkner'

Buxus microphylla 'Faulkner' has a spherical, dense habit

Small-leaved Box 'Faulkner'


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Product information "Small-leaved Box 'Faulkner'"

The small-leaved box 'Faulkner' grows uncut only up to 2.5 m high. It grows spherical and very dense, making it ideal for rounded plant forms or other shapes.
Probably one of the best known plants

Even people in my environment who have no idea about plants know box. Box has been used since the Romans and the Greeks in garden design and cottage gardens without the enclosure using a low growing box hedge are unimaginable. Baroque gardens or cemeteries can hardly be imagined without box. Usually one knows box in the form of spheres, cylinders or even animal figures. Since box has been associated with garden design for centuries, over the centuries, various forms and varieties of box have been selected, one of which is the small-leaved box 'Faulkner'. This variety is characterised by the extreme hardiness towards frost. In Scandinavia, the variety 'Faulkner' is used very often due to its winter hardiness. Another advantage is that this variety naturally grows spherically and also remains very dense, even when uncut, which is an ideal prerequisite for spherical shapes. Also, the growth is not as strong as other varieties of box. Uncut it has a final height of about 2.5 m. But only after 10-15 years!
The advantages at a glance:

- Extremely hardy

- Naturally spherical growth

- Very dense, even when uncut

- Low final height
Location and pruning

Buxus microphylla 'Faulkner' prefers a fresh location with neutral to calcareous soil, even slightly acidic soils are tolerated. From sun to shade, every location can be chosen. Pruning is easy; simply cut the desired shape using a hedge trimmer. This is best done after the new growth sprouts in June or July, ideally on a cloudy day, otherwise an unsightly drying of the leaves could result. A one-time cut should be sufficient for Buxus microphylla 'Faulkner' thanks to the natural, compact growth. When uncut the Microphylla box is a bit looser, but this variety does not fall apart even without having been pruned. The small-leaved box 'Faulkner' is robust against diseases and pests. This is also because of the toxicity of all plant parts! The leaves, fruits and twigs are not suitable for consumption. The flowers, however, are important for insects, as already in March the plant offers a rich supply of pollen. For humans, the flowers are inconspicuous.
The notorious box tree moth

Now I'm talking about sturdy plants, but I'm sure you’ve heard of the box tree moth, which eats entire box plants?! In fact, the variety 'Faulkner' is not immune from the biting caterpillar, even though it seems less vulnerable. Nevertheless, a good control of the plants is necessary. The caterpillars of the box tree moth overwinter in groups in the box or neighbouring plants as juvenile, cocooned larva. In the spring they become active and begin to eat, after a few pupae, the moths develop in July and again lay eggs and the game starts again from the beginning. Depending on the weather, there are 2-3 generations in our climate. It is best to spray the plants when the caterpillars are about 1 cm and voracious. There are also very effective biological agents for treatment. It is important that even the inside of the bush is sprayed because the caterpillars are also located there.

If you do not want to spray, you can also collect the caterpillars by hand and then dispose of them in the waste. Important in both methods is that the plants are well controlled; as soon as there are signs of feeding or you see actual caterpillars, action must be taken immediately.
Short description of Buxus microphylla 'Faulkner'

Growth: Very dense, spherical

Final size: 2.5 m high and wide

Flowers: Inconspicuous, March to April

Leaves: Evergreen

Use: As a solitary plant, in groups, for hedges, shaped plants, evergreen areas

Speciality: An important source of pollen
  • Flowering Period March, April
  • Final height 100cm to 3m
  • Final width 100cm to 3m
  • Available February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Fragrance slightly scented
  • Use beds/borders, for containers, for wild gardens, as a structural plant, as a groundcover, as a hedge, for group plantings, as a specimen plant
  • Hardiness hardy
  • Soil moist, dry, heavy, moderately heavy, light, slightly alkaline, neutral, slightly acidic
  • Location shade, partial shade, full sun
  • Flower Colour white
  • Leaf Colour green

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