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Buxus balearica
Balearic boxwood

Balearic boxwood (Buxus balearica) is a poisonous, slow-growing evergreen shrub native to the regions around the Mediterranean Basin. When it grows in optimal conditions, the tree can reach up to 8 m.

The species tolerates repeated pruning and is therefore highly valued for hedging and topiary in parks and historical gardens. The wood is of great quality and used for making fine woodwork. Balearic boxwood naturally grows on rocky slopes or sandy soils but is able to grow on a wide range of soils, including those which are very calcareous; however, it prefers moist soil types. It grows in semi-shade or no shade in altitudes up to 1300 m.

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