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Skylight - Better Boxwood

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$20.99
  • Bronze-green leaves and fiery pink blossoms
  • Matures to 6–8’ x 3–4’
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 5 - 9
  • Plant in full sun
  • Cannot Ship to TN
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Description

Introducing the Better Boxwood Skylight — a historical breakthrough in the world of gardening. With over two decades of breeding and trials we are prepared to present to you the blight resistant, blight fighter line up! The Better Boxwood Skylight stands impressively at 6–8’ high and 3–4’ wide earning it the title of the grandest in stature among the four new Better Boxwood releases. It has tiny evergreen foliage in mid-green that grows a shade lighter in spring before maturing to match the established branches.

Additionally, the Skylight boasts the fastest growth rate of the Better Boxwood range, ensuring quicker landscape transformations and heightened aesthetic appeal. Beyond its pleasing form, the Skylight also shines bright in terms of durability. This cultivar is armored with a remarkable resistance to the dreaded boxwood blight!

Whether you're crafting a sophisticated hedge, topiary, boundary, or just a solitary centerpiece its moderate stature ensures it fits just right, never overwhelming your garden space but always standing out with a vibrant, evergreen shimmer. These shrubs have been designed to thrive with moderate watering and are highly adaptable, flourishing under both sunlight and partial shade.

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 Skylight Care

Better Boxwood Sunlight Requirements

The Better Boxwood Skylight is a true sun enthusiast. This shrub, with its vibrant green foliage, thrives best when bathed in full sunlight. Its love for sun not only ensures robust growth, but also allows the best possible leaf coloration and overall health. Gardeners seeking a plant that can stand resiliently under the sun's full glare will find the Better Boxwood Skylight to be a perfect choice.

When To Prune Better Boxwood Shrubs

While the Skylight will maintain its natural shape well, you can prune it for a more refined appearance or to maintain a specific size. It's best to prune in late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

Are Better Boxwoods Cold Hardy?

YES! The Better Boxwood Skylight thrives across a diverse range of USDA hardiness zones, showcasing its adaptability and resilience to varying climate conditions. Particularly favored in zones 5 through 9, this cultivar is adept at handling temperature fluctuations experienced within these regions. USDA Hardiness Zone 5 has a temperate climate with average minimum winter temperatures ranging from -20°F to -10°F.

How Often Should Better Boxwoods Be Watered?

For optimal growth and health, the Skylight 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 Skylight Boxwood

For a seamless planting, plant your Skylight Boxwood 4 feet apart. Otherwise, Space them 5+ feet for gaps between plants.

  • Scientific Name
    Buxus Hybrid ‘HER2009B03’
  • 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

Better Boxwood

Better Boxwood is a collection of disease-resistant boxwood plants. The four varieties of Better Boxwood offer sizes and forms to fill any landscape need. Fight the blight with Better Boxwood!

Better Boxwood

Skylight - Better Boxwood

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Introducing the Better Boxwood Skylight — a historical breakthrough in the world of gardening. With over two decades of breeding and trials we are prepared to present to you the blight resistant, blight fighter line up! The Better Boxwood Skylight stands impressively at 6–8’ high and 3–4’ wide earning it the title of the grandest in stature among the four new Better Boxwood releases. It has tiny evergreen foliage in mid-green that grows a shade lighter in spring before maturing to match the established branches.

Additionally, the Skylight boasts the fastest growth rate of the Better Boxwood range, ensuring quicker landscape transformations and heightened aesthetic appeal. Beyond its pleasing form, the Skylight also shines bright in terms of durability. This cultivar is armored with a remarkable resistance to the dreaded boxwood blight!

Whether you're crafting a sophisticated hedge, topiary, boundary, or just a solitary centerpiece its moderate stature ensures it fits just right, never overwhelming your garden space but always standing out with a vibrant, evergreen shimmer. These shrubs have been designed to thrive with moderate watering and are highly adaptable, flourishing under both sunlight and partial shade.

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 Skylight Care

Better Boxwood Sunlight Requirements

The Better Boxwood Skylight is a true sun enthusiast. This shrub, with its vibrant green foliage, thrives best when bathed in full sunlight. Its love for sun not only ensures robust growth, but also allows the best possible leaf coloration and overall health. Gardeners seeking a plant that can stand resiliently under the sun's full glare will find the Better Boxwood Skylight to be a perfect choice.

When To Prune Better Boxwood Shrubs

While the Skylight will maintain its natural shape well, you can prune it for a more refined appearance or to maintain a specific size. It's best to prune in late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

Are Better Boxwoods Cold Hardy?

YES! The Better Boxwood Skylight thrives across a diverse range of USDA hardiness zones, showcasing its adaptability and resilience to varying climate conditions. Particularly favored in zones 5 through 9, this cultivar is adept at handling temperature fluctuations experienced within these regions. USDA Hardiness Zone 5 has a temperate climate with average minimum winter temperatures ranging from -20°F to -10°F.

How Often Should Better Boxwoods Be Watered?

For optimal growth and health, the Skylight 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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