Boxwood Variety Offers Versatility
Buxus Flat-tery boxwood, selected by Michael Yanny of JN Plant Selections, LLC, has a unique, prostrate habit, Zone 4 hardiness and extended juvenile growth period which means a green winter color and few fruit pods.
This boxwood will appeal to designers looking for compact, prostrate broadleaf evergreens for landscapes and container gardens. It’s equally at home as a medium-height groundcover as it is performing in container combos.
Its name aptly describes its shape: wider than it is tall. With its small, fine-textured glossy green leaves and a low-growing habit, designers can get the look of cotoneasters without their associated problems. Excellent for adding texture to shade gardens when paired with hosta, ferns, carex, and other shade staples.
Buxus Flat-tery originated from a seedling of ‘Green Velvet’. It was one of 100 plants that were screened from a crop of about 1,000 seedlings for hardiness in Wisconsin conditions.
Compared to other boxwoods, Buxus Flat-tery stays in its juvenile phase longer than most, resulting in fewer fruit pods and a lasting green winter color. Consumers will love the colorfast nature. Nobody enjoys a brown boxwood.
Breeder Mike Yanny noticed that its low growing form was similar to the popular Picea abies ‘Nidiformis,’ Nest Spruce. “I was not familiar with any hardy boxwoods with this kind of form in commerce,” he says, so he moved ahead with propagation. He says that the original plant, from 1989 seed, has very few flower buds on it and still retains its rich, bright green juvenile foliage.”
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