On our travels this summer, we have come across an unusual number of cases of Buxus blight, also known as box blight. Here we discuss what box blight is, how to recognise it, and how to get box blight treatment.

London Box Hedges

Box hedges are very popular in South West London, especially in areas such as Wandsworth and Wimbledon, as they make attractive hedges and borders that do not take up much space.  They provide greenery all year round and are not require such extensive maintenance as other species used for compact hedging such as privet.

A bare patch caused by box blight

A bare patch caused by box blight

What Causes Box Blight?

Two types of fungus, which are often found together, that affects the leaves and stems, cause box blight. The fungus can cause the leaves to go brown and fall, which can lead to bare patches. Unfortunately, there are no known resistant Buxus plants available, but it is possible to treat with commercially available fungicide sprays.

Need Box Blight Treatment?

If your Buxus plants have been suffering this year, please call Toby for advice and, if necessary, for him to arrange removal and replanting, he will be happy to assist you.

Written by

Toby Douglas is the founder of Take A Bough Tree Care. After university in Aberystwyth, Toby made the decision to study Arboriculture at Merrist Wood, in Surrey. In 2001 he successfully completed a National Certificate in Horticulture, and a National Diploma in Arboriculture, then worked for two years subcontracting to large and respected companies in order to gain the practical experience to compete successfully for both private and corporate contacts once Take a Bough Tree Care was launched

"My trees had been cut back beautifully, taking off the perfect amount, and leaving them in a beautiful shape. All was done with absolutely no mess left. And all for a brilliant price."

How can our expert tree surgeons help you?

Read about the tree surgery methods and processes that can resolve your tree issues.