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Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Dwarf / Compact Box hedging plants

  • £7.19 (ex VAT)
£7.19 (ex VAT) £7.68 (ex VAT) £6.95 (ex VAT) £6.83 (ex VAT)

Dwarf/Compact Box or Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa' is a compact version of best4hedging's Common Box. Ideal for very low-growing, garden edging, Compact Box has small, dark green leaves, with a dense and bushy habit. This is a very slow-growing evergreen so Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa' retains its shape well for a smart formal shape.

  • Best Features: Evergreen foliage, slow-growing, very compact
  • Ideal For Hedges: Less than 1m high, path edging, parterres, knot gardens
  • Growth Rate: Very slow | approx 10cm a year
  • Position: Any normal soil including well-drained, partial or full shade, exposed or sheltered, inland and coastal
  • Also Consider: Our other Box hedging varieties for slightly taller but still slow-growing plants and attractive feature plants.

*Please note, 1 bare root = 1 Compact Box plant, not a bundle of plants.

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Dwarf/Compact Box hedge Root: Bare Root Root Type: Bare Root Height Now: 15/20cm Dwarf/Compact Box hedge 1+ £7.19 (ex VAT) 50+ £7.68 (ex VAT) 100+ £6.95 (ex VAT) 250+ £6.83 (ex VAT) In stock | Pre-Order | Nov 20
Bare Root 15/20cm '3yr plant'. Pre-Order | Nov 20 5-7 £7.19 (ex VAT) £7.68 (ex VAT) £6.95 (ex VAT) £6.83 (ex VAT)
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Dwarf/Compact Box hedge (Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa') description

Dwarf Box, or Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa', forms an attractive low-growing compact shape. The dark green, glossy foliage makes this a handsome evergreen plant that provides year-round interest and cover. Although Compact Box produces pale yellow flowers in spring and pale green fruits in summer, they are fairly non-descript and Compact Box is chosen for its easily achievable formal shape.

Popular uses of Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa' hedging

A native plant, Compact Box (Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa') is ideal for low borders, garden edging, pathways and topiary.

Combine Dwarf Box hedges with

Compact Box hedging is a classic, commonly grown alone to provide a strong feature. You could, however, punctuate your Dwarf Box hedge with Box Topiary for a stunning effect.

Growth rate of Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

As a slow growing plant, Compact Box will grow between 3-5cm a year. Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa' looks best when pruned to less than 1m high.

Care advice for Dwarf/Compact Box hedging plants

We recommend pruning your Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa' hedge once a year. Please view the Best 4 Hedging Care and Planting instructions in our Advice section.

Suggested planting density of Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa' hedges

For information on planting density specific to your dwarf box hedge, please see the product table above. In the 'No. Per Metre' column, you will find our recommended plant density for each individual plant species and root type.

We provide Compact Box as great value Bare Roots, available November to early April (depending on season). Our Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa' pot grown plants are available year round.

The vast majority of our Dwarf Box plants are UK grown by industry experts, although sometimes we source Box from professional growers abroad where we know the quality cannot be matched. At best4hedging we always strive to bring you the freshest, best quality Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa' plants whilst keeping our prices competitive, so you can buy Compact Box online with confidence from our nursery in Lancashire.

Showing 20 of our total 21 reviews, with an average rating of 5 stars. Read all 21 reviews for Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'.
Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 21 ratings.
August 2, 2018 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'


May 13, 2016 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

As Above

April 29, 2016 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

We hope they prosper in their new location!

March 25, 2016 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'


March 1, 2016 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Lovely plants which appear very healthy

November 22, 2015 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Too soon to say. Arrived looking healthy. Expect good result when established

May 5, 2015 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

hedging in good condition, planted just before the rain, doing well.

April 27, 2015 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Far better than anticipated. Very healthy bushy plants with large root systems

April 23, 2015 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Packed VERY badly, a big heap of 15 plants, some squashed, broken and out of their pots - considering I paid £90 - very dissappointed.

April 5, 2015 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

As ordered

March 12, 2015 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

As Above

February 21, 2015 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Healthy looking plants as described.

January 29, 2015 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Top quality plants

September 19, 2014 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Really bushy and hardy looking.

September 4, 2014 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Hedge was great, just what I hoped. It looks lovely.

August 18, 2014 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Excellent plants very healthy and look great in the garden

May 30, 2014 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Very good quality plants. Nice and equally sized.

March 31, 2014 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

Very happy with the plants. Nice and healthy.

March 31, 2014 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

As Above

March 2, 2014 | Anonymous
Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'

A bit larger than anticipated ( bonus) good healthy plants.

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  • Orders £100 & over (ex. VAT) to mainland UK are delivered FREE* (Exceptions apply - see below for Scottish Highlands etc)
  • Orders under £100 (ex. VAT) to mainland UK £9.95
  • At an additional cost, we can deliver to Scottish Highlands & Islands, which we classify as including AB (Aberdeen) and DD (Dundee) postcodes, as well as Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle Man. The exact delivery cost is order specific and will need to be quoted by one of our team, so please contact us on 01257 261 243

*For some plants that are too heavy or too tall to be packed in cardboard boxes we use pallet deliveries. In these circumstances, we require a minimum order value of £200 (ex VAT) for free delivery, or you can make a contribution towards the delivery cost. Look out for the information on product pages which explains this further where applicable and if your order is for less than £200 (ex VAT) please call or email us to agree upon a delivery contribution. This requirement only applies to those plants where it is clearly indicated on the product page

Pallet deliveries are always undertaken on an 18-tonne vehicle (similar in size to a standard refuse vehicle). If for any reason you require a smaller vehicle please contact our sales team who can arrange this for you. There will be an additional surcharge applied for small vehicle deliveries

Delivery Timescales

99% of our orders are dispatched within 3 to 5 working days of receipt and most the day after the order is placed. We can do “next day delivery” on many of our products for an additional £12 (incl VAT) but please call on 01257 494 491 before placing your order to check.

We can also deliver on a specified date to suit you. Please indicate the date you would like to receive delivery in the notes section of the checkout (or place your order by phone) and we’ll do our utmost to meet that date.

Occasional hiccups can occur (such as broken down vehicles) and although we are very experienced in logistics we cannot be held liable for costs incurred or inconvenience due to late deliveries - see terms and conditions for more information.

You will receive an email or telephone call confirming the dispatch of your order 24/48 hours before it arrives with you.

Exceptions to our quick turnaround timescale

Pre-orders - if you have placed an order that includes products on pre-order, then they will be dispatched to you as soon as they are available. If your order includes pre-order bare roots or root balls you will be notified once they are being dispatched (root balls from mid to late October and bare roots from early to mid-November).

Root balls - lifting root balls involves the use of complex, heavy machinery, this lifting is carried out twice a week in the root ball season so we do still have a prompt turnaround timescale but if your order has just missed one lifting, it will be a few days before we lift again. We are always happy to confirm when we can deliver to you before you order. The benefit of this method of supplying root balls is that they are always fresh and therefore have a higher success rate than root balls that are stored out of the soil.

Weather conditions can affect dispatch - bare root and root ball plants are not lifted if the ground is too cold (it damages the roots) and the delivery of all plants can be affected if the water supply is frozen (because we water all plants before packing). Extremely hot weather can also be challenging and occasionally we hold backorders for species that are particularly vulnerable. We ask our customers to be mindful of bank holidays when couriers are not active.

We'd like to stress that although there are exceptions, the vast majority of our orders are dispatched extremely quickly and we are proud of our logistics developed over many years of delivering plants to tens of thousands of customers.


We inspect plants carefully before dispatch but accept that very occasionally things may go wrong. 
You can return your plants (within 14 days) for a refund or replacement (we’ll help with the process of returning). If your plants arrived damaged then returns are free of charge. However, we ask that you inform us as soon as possible. If you’d like to return your plants because of a change of plan or if we do not agree that the plants are significantly damaged (the loss of a few leaves in transit or a loose pot on arrival, for example, wouldn't be harmful to the plants), then we may ask you to pay the full or partial return costs if you still wanted to return them. We’re very reasonable and always aim for complete satisfaction as demonstrated by our amazing Feefo customer reviews which can be viewed here.

Should you wish to return any products that you have over-bought, no longer require or purchased in error you will incur both a return cost (different charges for pallets and Boxes) and the original cost of delivery incurred by Best4hedging. Please contact the Service team for charges and/or to organise a return. Plants will be subject to a quality control check from our Nursery upon return before any refund is authorised and processed.

Please note that in the case of damaged plants, if you have not notified us of a problem within 14 days of delivery, we consider you to have accepted the plants and Best4Hedging has no further liability for them should they fail.

You can read more about our returns policy in our terms and conditions here.

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