Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Common Boxwood - Buxus sempervirens   L.
Members of Buxaceae:
Only member of Buxus in NC.
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DistributionApparently the Mountains only. Other specimens from Avery, Buncombe, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Orange, Polk, Rowan, Rutherford, Wake, and Watauga counties are all from cultivated plants or there are no images or label data at SERNEC. A specimen from Moore County is Ilex vomitoria.

Native of Europe; in N.A. scattered east of the Mississippi River.
IdentificationThis is the familiar planted shrub of city downtowns and college campuses with small, evergreen leaves, an extremely dense growth form -- you cannot see through a bush -- and a strong "fragrance". In the field it may look very similar to Ilex vomitoria, but leaf margins lack crenate teeth.
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