boxwood Buxaceae Buxus sempervirens
Leaf:Opposite, simple, elliptical to oblong, entire margin, evergreen, 1/2 to 1 inch long, shiny dark green above, paler below where the midvein is light yellow. Foliage is very smelly.
Flower:Pale yellow, in tight round clusters in the leaf axils, 1/2 inch across, appearing in late spring.
Fruit:Dry, 3 parted capsule, 1/3 inch long, 3 small horns at the top, mature in late summer.
Twig:Slender, grooved or angled, green, buds are small.
Bark:Light brown and very finely grooved and furrowed, develops a very small square pattern.
Form:Large, round dense shrub with foliage to the ground; may reach 15 feet in height.