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Box (Buxus) Bonsai Tree

The boxes are native to western and southern Europe, southwest, southern and eastern Asia, Africa, Madagascar, northernmost South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, with the majority of species tropical or subtropical; only the European and some Asian species are frost-tolerant. They are slow-growing evergreen shrubs and small trees, growing to 2–12m tall. The leaves are opposite, rounded to lanceolate, and leathery; they are small in most species, typically 1.5–5cm long.

Box Bonsai are usually styled as informal and formal upright single trees. Box plants are available at most garden centres and some good material available from old hedges.

Box can be positioned in full sun to shaded positions. Box bonsai are a good, outdoor, evergreen frost hardy tree that requires little protection.

Box are slow growing and do not need repotting as often as some Bonsai species. Repot using a good well draining compost mix.

Water Box Bonsai well in the summer months. Keep the soil moist at all other times.

Pruning can be done throughout the main growing season. Box are forgiving when it comes to pruning mistakes and the tree will grow back into light areas. Wiring will need to stay on for a long time to shape the tree. Check that the wire does not dig into the trees bark.

Feed every two week with a general plant food or add a slow release food to the compost.

Box make a fun starter Bonsai. Enjoy!

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Box Bonsai Tree