First ’new generation’ boxwood introduced in US

American nurseries are producing the first ’new generation’ boxwood. Two of the first new varieties will be introduced at Cultivate.

The tradeshow will be held again from July 13-16 in Columbus, Ohio.

Saunders Genetics is working for years on new buxus with a better tolerance of boxwood blight and better resistance to boxwood leafminer.

Two new varieties are being produced now: NewGen Independence (very deep green medium-sized boxwood) and NewGen Freedom (relatively vigorous rounded, slightly taller than it is wide).

Early 2020 the new boxwood will be available on the US market. Saunders Brothers Nursery is producing them already. Three other nurseries have the NewGen licensees now as well: Overdevest Nurseries, Prides Corner Farms and Willoway Nurseries.

Photo by NewGen

Since 2000 Arno Engels has been editor of De Boomkwekerij, Dutch magazine for hardy nursery stock. Since 2018 he is also Floribusiness editor. He was brought up connecting with horticulture, studied horticulture and worked at several nurseries in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and New Zealand.
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