The latest edition of the International Checklist of Cultivated Buxus L. has now been made available from the International Registrar for Cultivated Buxus Lynn R Batdorf and published by the American Boxwood Society.
This checklist records the registered and accepted cultivars epithets and also those that are either lacking nomenclature status or are recognised as synonyms, it also lists indeterminate names and epithets that are contrary to the code.
So if you have ever wondered where a particular cultivar came from or whether two cultivars are actually the same, you can now look it up!
The American Boxwood Society
A not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1961, devoted to the appreciation and scientific understanding of Buxus.
It annually publishes The Boxwood Bulletin and conducts 3-day meetings. Intermittently, it organizes authoritative international symposia by leading scientists featuring their research initiatives on Cydalima and Calonectria.
In 1965, the ABS was appointed International Cultivar Registration Authority (ICRA) for Buxus L., by the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), Commission for Nomenclature and Cultivar Registration, Leuven, Belgium.
Since 1985, Lynn R. Batdorf has continuously served as the International Registrar for Cultivated Buxus for the American Boxwood Society. For 36 years, he served as curator of the National Boxwood Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC, US, where he managed the most complete living collection of Buxus.
He has authored:
- Boxwood: An Illustrated Encyclopedia (2004)
- Boxwood Handbook: A Practical Guide to Knowing and Growing Boxwood (1995, 1997, 2005)
- Caring for Box (2003)
- Le Manuel du Buis: Guide Pratique pour Connaître, Cultiver et Soigner les Buis (2017)
- Over 60 peer-reviewed articles on a variety of boxwood topics (1977–2019)
- Association Française pour l’Art topiaire et le Buis (EBTS France)
- European Boxwood and Topiary Society – UK
- The American Boxwood Society