Meet the Breeder
Dr. Tom Ranney
North Carolina, USA
- Boxwood alternative
- Disease resistant
Juke Box® ×Pyracomeles is a remarkable new dwarf broadleaf evergreen could be mistaken for a boxwood or small holly at first glance; however, it comes without the threat of boxwood blight or spider mites. It has a natural, globe-like habit but can be sheared and shaped as desired. Fine branching creates a full habit. ×Pyracomeles is an intergeneric hybrid between Pyracantha and Osteomeles, but it has no thorns and does not flower. Faster to produce than boxwood as well.
USDA Zone 7 - 9 (0°F/-17°C)
Exposure Full sun, Part sun
Height 1 - 3'
Width 1 - 3'
Finish Time 1 season
Foliage Color Green
Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn
Soil Any well-drained soil is sufficient.
Pruning Needs little to no pruning, but can be shaped in mid-late spring after the first flush of new growth.
Uses Mass plantings; edging; groundcover; low hedges; foundation plantings.
Growing Tips Juke Box™ ×Pyracomeles has survived our exposed fields in west Michigan (USDA zone 6a) with very minimal damage. Dr. Tom Ranney reports zero damage in his trial plots in the mountains of Asheville, NC, USDA zone 7a.