Box blight and box moth are devastating tiny hedges and stylish topiary. What can you do about it?
Are there alternatives to box, the highly popular small-leaved evergreen, Buxus sempervirens?
Not every case of so-called box blight
is actually that. Did you know that Buxus sempervirens is also affected by another little demon called Box tree moth
? It can defoliate the shrub quite quickly, and is often first noticed as fine, webbed strands within which the moth larvae feeds. They subsequently develop into hungry green caterpillars.
Buxus has been used for topiary and detailed hedging for centuries because its small evergreen foliage responds well to clipping.