Dutch Box Topiary Ball

SKU: 117

Buxus Sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’

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  • Classic evergreen topiary ball plant
  • Compact mid – dark green foliage
  • Expertly pruned from a young age
  • Slower growing variety, less maintenance
  • Beautiful in formal & contemporary gardens
  • Suitable for feature planter pots



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Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’ is an attractive choice for creating evergreen topiary balls. Whether used as focal points or as part of a cohesive design scheme, Dutch Box Balls are favored in contemporary and formal gardens for their timeless appeal, adaptability, and ability to add structure and visual interest to the landscape. With their slow growth rate, they are especially when placed in planter pots, with lower maintenance required compared to other Buxus varieties.


Product Specifications

  • Common Name: Dutch Box
  • Mature Diameter:  1 meter plus
  • Foliage: Dark green foliage
  • Form/Habit: Upright, compact
  • Uses: Garden and entrance framing, feature planter pots
  • Planter suitability: Yes, allow adequate room for growth
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate
  • Soil: Prefers well draining, slightly acidic soil, mulch to retain moisture
  • Growth Rate: Very slow, encourage new growth with quality Buxus fertalizer
  • Sun: Full sun – semi shade, for best result, plant in full sun
  • Maintenance: Medium – regular prunes will maintain symmetrical shape
  • Handy Hint: Use quality buxus fertaliser such as Top Buxus


Commonly Asked Questions:

How do I care for my Dutch Box Topiary Balls?

Dutch boxwood, or Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa,’ requires some specific care to thrive. Plant your Dutch boxwood in a location that receives partial shade to full sun. They tolerate shade but prefer some sunlight for optimal growth. Ensure well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Boxwoods prefer slightly acidic to neutral soil conditions. Regular watering is crucial, especially during dry periods. Ensure the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged. Mulching can help retain moisture.


Can I keep a Dutch Box Topiary Ball in a pot?

Yes you can, you may find in a few years time you need to increase the size of your planter. Plants in pots will also dry out more quickly than they would if they were in the ground, keep an eye on the moisture level to prevent the plant drying out. Dutch Box is a slower growing Buxus variety, making it an ideal choice for planter pots, with lower maintenance needs, compared to faster growing varieties.


How do I prune a Dutch Box Topiary Ball?

The best time to prune boxwood is in late spring or early summer after the new growth has appeared. Avoid pruning in the fall as new growth might not have enough time to harden before winter. Use sharp, clean pruning shears or hedge clippers to achieve clean cuts and minimize damage to the plant. Remember, patience and gradual shaping are key when pruning boxwood into a ball. Take your time and step back occasionally to assess the shape from different angles. Consistent and careful pruning will help you achieve a well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing Dutch box ball.