Box hedge

Box Hedging Guide

Box hedging, it is hands down the most popular item at the nursery! For a good reason too. It’s versatile and classic form means that it matches almost any garden style. But we get it, with many options, comes great responsibility, and you don’t want to make the wrong choice! It’s okay, take a deep breath, we are here to help you with this handy guide. So without further adieu we give you Box Hedging: Which one is right for me?


English Box Box Leaf Privet
Box Oz Dutch Box
Variegated English Box Japanese Box
Korean Box Green Rocket
Tom Thumb Shaggy Box


Approx hedge height – Shortest to tallest growing (In Melbourne, Victoria)

40-50 cm: ‘Tom Thumb’- Euonymus japonicus microphyllus

50-60 cm: ‘Dutch Box’ – Buxus sempervirens suffruticosa

50-60 cm: ‘Korean Box’ – Buxus microphylla microphylla

1 m: ‘Variegated English Box’ – Buxus sempervirens variegata

1 m:‘Japanese Box’ – Buxus microphylla japonica

1.2 m: ‘Green Rocket’ or ‘Evergreen Spindle’ – Euonymus japonicus

1.2 m: ‘BoxOz’ – Lonicera Nitida

1.5 m: ‘Shaggy Box’ – Buxus bodinieri

1.5 m: ‘English Box’ – Buxus sempervirens

1.5 m: ‘Faulkner Box’ – Buxus microphylla faulkner

2 m: ‘Box Leaf Privet’ – Ligustrum undulatum


Rate of growth – slowest to fastest (In Melbourne, Victoria)

Very slow: ‘Shaggy Box’ – Buxus bodinieri

Slow: ‘English Box’ – Buxus sempervirens

Slow: ‘Variegated English Box’ – Buxus sempervirens variegata

Slow: ‘Green Rocket’ or ‘Evergreen Spindle’ – Euonymus japonicus

Slow : ‘Dutch Box’ – Buxus sempervirens suffruticosa

Medium: ‘Faulkner box’ – Buxus microphylla faulkner

Medium: ‘Korean Box’ – Buxus microphylla microphylla

Medium: ‘Japanese Box’ – Buxus microphylla japonica

Fast:‘Tom Thumb’- Euonymus japonicus microphyllus

Fast: ‘BoxOz’ – Lonicera Nitida

Fast: ‘Box Leaf Privet’ – Ligustrum undulatum