Buxus sempervirens

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaBuxaceaeBuxusBuxus sempervirens

Ecology

An evergreen shrub or small tree, native to woodlands and thickets on steep slopes on chalk, and in scrub on chalk downland. It is popular for hedging in gardens and is often planted in woodlands, often becoming naturalised. Lowland.

Status

Native

World Distribution

Submediterranean-Subatlantic element; widely naturalised outside its native range.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 4

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 8

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5

0

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.7

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.6

Annual Precipitation (mm): 716

Life form information

Height (cm): 500

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Mega-, meso- and microphanerophyte

Woodiness

Woody

Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: 2.54

Weighted Changed Factor: 29

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)

26

Distribution information

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000003197

PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas (98b)
Meusel H, Jäger E, Rauschert S, Weinert E
1978.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.
Wigginton MJ
1999.  British Red Data Books. 1. Vascular plants, edn 3.