Alden Biesen Castle garden, Belgium




pronounced: bux-AY-see-eye

the box family

Buxaceae is derived from the Latin buxus, the box tree, known for its ornamental and useful boxwoods, native to North America, Europe, northern Africa and Asia. The flowers are small, unisexual, and have no petals, and most species are dioecious. The leaves are evergreen, leathery, alternate, and have no stipules. Fruits are capsules with 1 or 2 seeds, or drupes.



Photograph by Sir Gawain, via Wikimedia Commons