Box Buxus sempervirens is a an evergreen shrub or small tree found growing naturally on chalk and limestone in southern England, particularly in beech forests. Box Hill in Surrey has a large population of Box trees. There is disagreement over whether the tree is native to Britain or has been introduced. It is now very common in parks and gardens and is often used for hedging. The leaves are small, dark green and sometimes glossy. Its timber is highly prized by wood engravers
Box identification is by its bushy shape, small evergreen leaves and tiny flowers. It is usually found on chalk hillsides or beech forests
Photo of 2 female flowers, after they have been pollinated. Each flower consists of a green ovary with 3 green styles. The brown stigmas can be seen at the top of each style. Photo taken in April. The flowers are pollinated by flies and bees, attracted by nectaries in the ovary of the female flower.