P&PDL Picture of the Week for
July 26, 2010

Boxwood Fruit Capsule

Rosie Lerner, Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Purdue University

Boxwood (Buxus sp.) fruits consist of a three-sectioned, horned capsule. Boxwood flowers lack petals and so flowering in early spring often goes unnoticed by humans (bees flock to them). The fruits that follow can also be missed, as their green color blends in with the foliage most of the season. And if the plants are pruned during the growing season, the fruits are likely removed with the trimmings so many gardeners never see the capsules. Most nursery stock is propagated by cuttings of specific cultivars rather than by seed.

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Boxwood capsule

Closeup boxwood fruit

Purdue Plant & Pest Diagnostic Lab Purdue Cooperative Extension Service