Buxus sempervirens. COMMON BOXWOOD, ENGLISH BOXWOOD. Europe, N. Africa, W.
Shrub, compact growth, invariably sheared to form a low hedge. Leaves are simple, opposite, bright green, 1/2 to 1 1/2-inch long. Common boxwood like Japanese boxwood has opposite leaves and small, inconspicuous flowers. One of the most commonly used varieties is the dwarf with small leaves suffruticosa, which can be seen in the Tommy Church Courtyard near Japanese boxwood. If unmolested, some varieties (e.g., arborescens) will form a small tree (growing in the Toyon front coutyard). Another variety, rotundifolia, complicates the usefulness of leaf-form in distinguishing between the two boxwoods.
Thomas Church courtyard, Green Library at Lasuen Mall, Manzanita Park, Oval around central flowers.
Illustrations (links open new windows): leaf comparison B. microphylla and B. sempervirensAdditions/Revisions: This is a new entry, not in book.
Name derivation, genus | species the classical Latin name | evergreenRelated material: Stanford Grounds Plant Information Sheet. List No.13, page 5