Buxus – Problems & Alternatives

Buxus varieties affected: Buxus varieties affected are Buxus balearica, Buxus sempervirens, Buxus microphylla.

Diseases of box: Box blight (Cylindrocladium buxicola), Volutella blight, Box rust, Macrophoma leaf spot, Phytophthora root rot.

Pests of box: Box sucker, Box tree caterpillar, Box leaf-mining gall midge, Mussel scale on box, Box red spider mite.

Treatments: The RHS has a comprehensive advice guide. www.rhs.org.uk

Alternative varieties to try: Ilex crenata, Euonymus japonicus ‘Jean Hugues’, Taxus baccata, Lonicera nitida, Berberis stenophylla, Osmanthus burkwoodii, Hebe pinguifolia Sutherlandii, Rosmarianus officinalis,
Pittosporum tobira nana, Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Golf Ball’.


We have a huge variety of Buxus alternatives at our Surrey nursery and our Wandsworth store. From low hedging to taller hedging, balls to cushions, cubes to sentinels and cones to cloud forms, our range is extensive and inspiring.

Give our sales team a call to get prices and sizes on 01932 821626.