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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.