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National Boxwood Collection Renovation

Boxwood Collection before renovation Visitors to the National Boxwood Collection will discover a revitalized central pathway. In November 2011, staff removed the original allée of eight Buxus sempervirens ‘Pyramidalis’ and replaced them with ten Buxus sempervirens ‘Dee Runk’. The former had grown so large that the important, yet increasingly narrow, pathway had lost its function as an inviting formal entryway into the collection. Additionally, visibility was impaired for those visitors driving by the collection. The specimens had also suffered greatly during the extremely heavy snowfalls of 2009-2010. While staff had been pruning and cabling these specimens, some had lost their natural pyramidal habit, thus their replacement became necessary.

Boxwood Collection after renovation Boxwood Curator Lynn Batdorf chose a relatively new cultivar, Buxus sempervirens ‘Dee Runk’ to replace the misshapen ‘Pyramidalis’. The new boxwood will mature into specimens about 14 feet tall, yet only 2 feet wide at the base. The installed plants are still small, only 3 feet tall; however they will grow quickly to provide a new and dramatic entrance. Their naturally tall habit with virtually parallel sides will create a pleasant, open, evergreen allée. Stop by the collection when you’re here to enjoy a stroll through this new planting and to discover the many other wonderful boxwood plants.

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