NewGen Independence Boxwood (Buxus SB108′)

NewGen Independence Boxwood

  • Graceful Green Foliage
  • Densely Branched for Texture
  • Stays Deep Green Year-Round
  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Extremely Disease Resistant
  • Versatile In The Garden
  • Rarely Bothered By Deer
  • Full Sun, Part Shade
  • Use Cuttings in Bouquets or Wreaths
  • Add as Accent in Perennial Gardens
  • Great as Low Formal Edge
  • Creates Winter Interest

Did you know boxwoods have been used as hedges as far back as 4,000 BC? Now, the industry has made some improvements since then with introductions such as NewGen® Independence Boxwood (Buxus ‘SB108’ PP28888) that make the genus that much more enjoyable!

This variety was found as a chance seedling and has since been tested and rolled out as one of two brand new cultivars in the NewGen boxwood series.

While the name and disease resistance is new, the core characteristics we know and love are the same, like its gorgeous deep green foliage.

This broad-leaved evergreen holds its color tremendously well throughout winter. Making it perfect for added interest in your perennial beds.

If you live in a colder area that gets snow, you’ll be happy to learn that Independence has strong, sturdy, branches that allow it to withstand moderate to heavy snow loads.

Take a stroll through lines of Independence boxwoods covered with a light dusting of fresh snow!

How to Use NewGen Independence Boxwood in the Landscape

Laying out a garden is a bit like painting a delightfully detailed portrait. Boxwoods can be used as helpful guidelines throughout and can direct eyes towards centerpieces you put together.

Accomplish the prim and proper garden of your dreams by using boxwoods as a low formal hedge around either your flower beds or the edges of your yard.

Because they’re low-growing, you can plant them upfront for texture and separation without worrying about covering up the perennials behind.

Plant as an accent inside the gardens to inject a little bit of color during the months your other flowers are resting.

It might not be the first use that comes to mind but we’re here to suggest adding a few to your cut gardens. Boxwood branches can be cut and made into wreaths, winter bouquets, or pressed into scrapbooks!

Its rounded habit that is nearly as tall as wide also makes it a great choice to be the filler in your container plantings. Add one to either side of your front doorway.

You can alternate between this variety and other, lighter, kind to create a gorgeous contrasting mixed border.

Create green space between your rose garden by adding an Independence between the different colored blooms. It’ll keep the eyes moving and the colors from clashing.

Tips for Care

Over the years, botanists have spent quite some time creating the best boxwoods possible. These days, with Independence, you needn’t worry about diseases. It has a high tolerance to boxwood blight and has excellent resistance to leafminer.

Pick it a spot in either full sun or part shade with well drained soil. If you’d like, you can improve the drainage if needed by adding some native soil on top of the area you want to plant and then install the plants on top of the bermed up area.

Other than that, this green beauty is good to go with medium amounts of moisture and perhaps some mulch producing its roots from the hot afternoon sun and cold winters.

Plus, the right colored mulch can bring your entire garden together. Much like how using the correct base coat of paint makes the finished painting pop.

If you’d like, feel free to give your boxwood a trim to your desired height. Simply wait until it has finished its first flush of growth for the season and grab your favorite pair of pruning shears.

NewGen Independence Boxwood (Buxus SB108′) Details

Common name NewGen Independence Boxwood
Botanical name Buxus SB108'
Plant type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Hardiness zone 5-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 3 - 4 ft.
Width 3 - 4 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Yellow