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Renaissance - Better Boxwood

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$32.99
  • Light green blight resistant foliage
  • Matures to 1-2' x 1-2'
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 5 - 9
  • Plant in full sun to partial shade conditions
  • Cannot Ship to TN
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Description

Introducing the Better Boxwood Renaissance - the model of garden refinement and resilience. With over two decades of breeding and trials we are prepared to present to you the blight resistant, blight fighter line up! This particular cultivar has lighter green foliage similar to that of the Better Boxwood Babylon Beauty.

A fully-grown Renaissance stands tall at 1-2’ and spreads out to a width of 1-2’, presenting numerous potential applications and positioning options. Picture a pristine low hedge or an intricately shaped topiary, retaining its verdancy from winter's chill to summer's peak with minimal maintenance. That is the essence of what this Boxwood has to offer.

Gardening enthusiasts will appreciate the Renaissance adaptability. This is a good choice if you need an area covered as they are much more prone to spreading than other varieties. It’s especially useful for low-growing hedges, layering, and patio containers if they are well fed and watered. Its compact growth habit ensures a dense, lush appearance, making it perfect for both formal and casual garden settings as well.

Environmentally conscious gardeners can take solace in the fact that this cultivar is sustainably bred to resist the dreaded boxwood blight and other common pests. This means less reliance on chemical treatments, leading to a healthier garden ecosystem. Invest in the future of your garden with the Better Boxwood Babylon Beauty Boxwood – a symphony of beauty, resilience, and sustainability.

Better Boxwood - The Blight Fighter

This new cultivar of Boxwoods has been bred to be more resistant to boxwood blight which a devastating disease that affects traditional boxwoods. Boxwood blight is caused by the fungus Calonectria pseudonaviculata and can lead to rapid defoliation and death of the plants.

Although bred to be blight resistant, it's always a good idea to follow best practices for boxwood care to ensure the healthiest plants. This includes proper spacing for airflow, not watering the foliage directly, and regularly inspecting for any signs of disease or pests.

Better Boxwood Heritage Care

Better Boxwood Sunlight Requirements

The Renaissance Boxwood, like many Boxwood shrubs, prefers a location with full sun to partial shade. Ideally, it should receive between 4 to 6 hours of sunlight daily. In areas with intense summer heat, it is beneficial to provide some afternoon shade to protect it from scorching. This balance of sun and shade will help maintain the lush green color of its foliage and promote healthy growth.

When To Prune Better Boxwood Shrubs

The best time for major pruning or shaping is in late winter or early spring, just before the new growth begins. This allows you to remove any winter-damaged branches and shape the shrub for the upcoming season.

For light shaping or minor touch-ups, you can gently prune during the growth phase. However, refrain from extensive pruning in the late summer or autumn, as it can stimulate fresh growth that may not become resilient before the winter chill sets in.

Are Better Boxwoods Cold Hardy?

YES! The Renaissance Boxwood flourishes in numerous USDA hardiness zones, demonstrating its versatility and robustness in different weather conditions. It is especially well-suited for zones 5 to 9, showcasing its capacity to manage the temperature swings in these areas. Specifically, USDA Hardiness Zone 5 is characterized by a moderate climate where the average winter lows range from -20°F to -10°F.

How Often Do Boxwoods Need to Be Watered?

For optimal growth and health, the Heritage prefers well-draining soil, ensuring its roots are not left waterlogged and susceptible to rot. When it comes to watering, a consistent yet moderate routine is best, ensuring the soil remains moist but not overly saturated. The ideal soil type for this boxwood is a loamy blend that is rich in organic matter. Contrary to common perception, Boxwoods do NOT care for acidic soil. Plant in soil with a pH between 6.5-7.2.

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

How to Space Your Renaissance Boxwood

For a seamless planting, plant your Renaissance Boxwood 2 feet apart. Otherwise, space them 2+ feet for gaps between plants.

  • Scientific Name
    Buxus Hybrid ‘HER200B01’
  • Hardiness Zone
    5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Evergreen
  • Features
    Deer Resistant, Disease Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Sun Loving
  • Feature Color
    Green
  • Uses
    Accent, Border, Container, Foundation Planting, Hedge, Mass Planting, Mixed Garden Bed
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    None

Growing Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9

Map of USDA Zones 5-9
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Renaissance - Better Boxwood

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Introducing the Better Boxwood Renaissance - the model of garden refinement and resilience. With over two decades of breeding and trials we are prepared to present to you the blight resistant, blight fighter line up! This particular cultivar has lighter green foliage similar to that of the Better Boxwood Babylon Beauty.

A fully-grown Renaissance stands tall at 1-2’ and spreads out to a width of 1-2’, presenting numerous potential applications and positioning options. Picture a pristine low hedge or an intricately shaped topiary, retaining its verdancy from winter's chill to summer's peak with minimal maintenance. That is the essence of what this Boxwood has to offer.

Gardening enthusiasts will appreciate the Renaissance adaptability. This is a good choice if you need an area covered as they are much more prone to spreading than other varieties. It’s especially useful for low-growing hedges, layering, and patio containers if they are well fed and watered. Its compact growth habit ensures a dense, lush appearance, making it perfect for both formal and casual garden settings as well.

Environmentally conscious gardeners can take solace in the fact that this cultivar is sustainably bred to resist the dreaded boxwood blight and other common pests. This means less reliance on chemical treatments, leading to a healthier garden ecosystem. Invest in the future of your garden with the Better Boxwood Babylon Beauty Boxwood – a symphony of beauty, resilience, and sustainability.

Better Boxwood - The Blight Fighter

This new cultivar of Boxwoods has been bred to be more resistant to boxwood blight which a devastating disease that affects traditional boxwoods. Boxwood blight is caused by the fungus Calonectria pseudonaviculata and can lead to rapid defoliation and death of the plants.

Although bred to be blight resistant, it's always a good idea to follow best practices for boxwood care to ensure the healthiest plants. This includes proper spacing for airflow, not watering the foliage directly, and regularly inspecting for any signs of disease or pests.

Better Boxwood Heritage Care

Better Boxwood Sunlight Requirements

The Renaissance Boxwood, like many Boxwood shrubs, prefers a location with full sun to partial shade. Ideally, it should receive between 4 to 6 hours of sunlight daily. In areas with intense summer heat, it is beneficial to provide some afternoon shade to protect it from scorching. This balance of sun and shade will help maintain the lush green color of its foliage and promote healthy growth.

When To Prune Better Boxwood Shrubs

The best time for major pruning or shaping is in late winter or early spring, just before the new growth begins. This allows you to remove any winter-damaged branches and shape the shrub for the upcoming season.

For light shaping or minor touch-ups, you can gently prune during the growth phase. However, refrain from extensive pruning in the late summer or autumn, as it can stimulate fresh growth that may not become resilient before the winter chill sets in.

Are Better Boxwoods Cold Hardy?

YES! The Renaissance Boxwood flourishes in numerous USDA hardiness zones, demonstrating its versatility and robustness in different weather conditions. It is especially well-suited for zones 5 to 9, showcasing its capacity to manage the temperature swings in these areas. Specifically, USDA Hardiness Zone 5 is characterized by a moderate climate where the average winter lows range from -20°F to -10°F.

How Often Do Boxwoods Need to Be Watered?

For optimal growth and health, the Heritage prefers well-draining soil, ensuring its roots are not left waterlogged and susceptible to rot. When it comes to watering, a consistent yet moderate routine is best, ensuring the soil remains moist but not overly saturated. The ideal soil type for this boxwood is a loamy blend that is rich in organic matter. Contrary to common perception, Boxwoods do NOT care for acidic soil. Plant in soil with a pH between 6.5-7.2.

Pot size

  • 2.5 Quart
  • 2 Gallon
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