Buxus sempervirens 'Aureo-variegata'

English Boxwood

Plant Type:


Buxus sempervirens ‘Aureo-variegata’ (ex: Nickou) – is a larger growing mounding boxwood, a real beauty with strong cream variegations at leaf margins. It's gorgeous! Plant only larger established plants at the northern end of the zone range and in the spring for better establishment. English Boxwood is best sited protected from prevailing winter winds. Fertile draining soil on the neutral to acid side of the Ph spectrum in part sun, afternoon shade. Organic mulches are very beneficial. The origins of this form are unknown… but the species originates in So. Europe, W. Asia, No. Africa. Cutting grown.


8 ft


6 ft


(5)6 to 8
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Characteristics and Attributes for Buxus sempervirens 'Aureo-variegata'

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Hedge
  • Foundation
  • Formal Garden
  • Screen
  • Evergreen
  • Labyrinth
  • Shrub Border
  • Bonsai Candidate

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Fertile
  • Draining
  • Organic
  • Acid

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Buxus

The Boxwoods are a very useful group of broadleaf evergreen shrubs having, depending upon ultimate size, many landscape applications. They prefer fertile soils on the acid side of the Ph spectrum. Boxwoods tend to be shallow-rooted and benefit from organic mulches. Most can be grown in full sun conditions but are happier in part shade. The smaller growing Korean Boxwoods, Buxus microphylla, seem to hold their foliage color better in part winter shade. The English Boxwoods, B. sempervirens, are the larger growing members of the clan and benefit from wind protection especially in winter. All of the following offerings are cutting grown. (Spring Only)