Betterbuxus Renaissance is a new blight-resistant evergreen box hybrid with compact branches and small glossy leaves.
A decade of research from Belgian breeder Herplant has led to the development of four new blight-resistant box hybrids. The hybrids are named Betterbuxus with individual varieties Renaissance, Babylon Beauty, Heritage, and Skylight.
Betterbuxus Renaissance is much like the traditional box we all know but is more compact. It has tiny year-round dark green leaves and needs very little pruning due to its slow growth habit. New spring growth is paler but slowly matures to a darker green and is sometimes followed by small cream flowers. This new variety of blight-resistant box is a great choice for topiary, low growing hedges, dividing parterres, and patio containers in blight-hit areas.
Height and Spread of Betterbuxus Renaissance Blight Resistant Box Renaissance is slow-growing and can be kept at whatever height and spread you choose with a yearly prune.
How Hardy Is Betterbuxus Renaissance Buxus can withstand UK winters and sub-zero temperatures if the roots are well-drained. Blight resistant box Renaissance also withstands some box tree caterpillar attack, growing back fresh green growth after an infestation has been dealt with.
How To Use Betterbuxus Renaissance These plants thrive as border and container plants. Because blight resistant box Renaissance is slow-growing and especially compact it suits low-growing hedging, low maintenance gardens, and well-watered containers of topiary.
How To Care For Betterbuxus Renaissance Renaissance will grow in all types of soil, including sandy soils, and will tolerate partial shade. It’s slow-growing nature means a once yearly trim is enough to keep it in shape.
Natural blight resistance means fungal treatments are not required, but you should water during dry spells, feed each year with a specialist box feed, and mulch the roots in spring to encourage healthy growth.