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Boxwood & Boxwood Substitutes Compare
Green Mountain
Green Mountain Boxwood (Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’) is an extremely popular boxwood. It has great cold tolerance and is one of the most naturally resistant to Boxwood Blight. It is deer and rabbit resistant and grows well in full sun to shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 4-9.
Schmidt Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Schmidt’) is a lesser-known boxwood variety but has a desirable tall and narrow growth habit making it great for hedging. It is deer resistant and grows in full sun to partial shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 5-8.
Box Honeysuckle
Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida) is lovely hedge in its own right but also makes a great boxwood substitute for areas with Boxwood Blight. The foliage is evergreen and very similar to boxwood. It is deer resistant, takes full sun to full shade, and grows in USDA Zones 6-9.
Hick's Yew
Hicks Yew (Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’) is the best hedge for deep shade locations, although it also thrives in full sun. This is a naturally narrow plant, so it is good for small spaces. It has evergreen needles and bright red fruits. Hicks Yew is hardy to USDA Zones 5-8.
Little Simon
Little Simon Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Little Simon’) is a dwarf selection of Emerald Green that only reaches 3-4’ tall. It is a great boxwood substitute for colder regions and blight-susceptible areas. It grows best in full sun and is hardy in USDA Zones 3-8.
Teton Firethorn
Teton Firethorn (Pyracantha ‘Teton’) is an evergreen hedge that boasts billows of white flowers in spring, followed by bright orange fruits that feed birds through winter. Sharp thorns keep deer away. It grows well in full sun to shade and is hardy in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Our hedges come in multiple, convenient sizes. Learn about which hedge size option will work best for your project, from our 18-24” tall MiniHedge to our 5-6’ tall InstantHedge. See detailed dimensions for all of our different hedge sizes, including root balls.
You have multiple options for the kind of container in which your InstantHedge is shipped. Learn about our standard Biodegradable Cardboard Boxes, as well as the fabric bag and cedar box options. This page will lead you to the best choice for your project.
InstantHedge is a unique product and the planting process is very unlike installing a traditional hedge. This page takes you step by step through the easy process of how to plant an InstantHedge. No doubt about it, it’s the fastest way to plant a hedge.
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Learn about our company’s past and present, and all about how we introduced this revolutionary product to the US market. You can also get a peek at our farm and meet our team of hedge experts who make all the hedge magic happen!
Find out where you can purchase our hedges in your area, whether you are a retail or wholesale buyer. We have exclusive wholesale distributors in some states, and this is where you can connect with them.
See real-life examples of our hedges being used in projects all over the country. These photos are provided by our customers and can be used as inspiration for a wide range of uses, from commercial to residential. You can find customer reviews here as well.
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Our Farm

InstantHedge is located in Canby, Oregon on an 80+ acre farm with a breathtaking view of Mt.Hood. We have over 50 miles of hedges in production. Our production team prioritizes efficient and earth friendly practices, including using drip irrigation on all of our fields to conserve water and promote healthy growth.

We are participants in the Oregon Boxwood Blight Cleanliness Program and are certified to ship boxwood throughout the United States. We do all of our own propagation to ensure the highest quality possible from the very beginning. Our patented equipment allows us to continue that dedication to quality throughout the lives of our hedges.

Brent Markus founded InstantHedge in 2012. Brent’s passion for landscape design and horticulture began when he was a teenager, exploring the Chicago Botanic Garden on weekends and designing his family’s garden with four-season color and unique conifers. Since then, Brent’s landscape designs have been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Fine Gardening, and Garden Conservancy Open Days.

Brent studied landscape architecture at Cornell University and received a Master’s degree in Horticulture, also from Cornell. While studying and researching plant hardiness at Cornell, Brent’s passion expanded from landscape design to plant propagation and the nursery industry. Brent opened his first tree nursery, Rare Tree Nursery, in Oregon, where he specializes in growing and distributing unique, ornamental conifers and maples to garden centers and landscapers throughout the United States. A related direct-to-consumer nursery, Conifer Kingdom, was launched in 2012.

Making the Dream a Reality

Brent started InstantHedge to bring the benefits of precision agriculture techniques to the U.S. landscape market. Traditionally, installing a clean looking, square hedge has required years of waiting and work or a tremendous amount of money to purchase mature trees. With InstantHedge, however, the privacy and finished look of a hedge border is achieved in a single day, instead of 4-5 years.

The inspiration for InstantHedge came from a nursery in the Netherlands that Brent visited in 2012. Since then, he patented technologies and planted more than 500,000 trees to create beautiful, lush, pre-formed hedges. InstantHedge is the only nursery in the country to employ this revolutionary concept and proprietary technology. Instead of growing and planting individual shrubs and trees for hedges, InstantHedge creates and sells hedges as a group or unit of four plants held together by having been grown, pruned, and harvested side-by-side as they will be in the final landscape. InstantHedges are shipped in an easy-to-use cardboard frame ready to be planted for instant privacy or aesthetic effect.

Meet Our Team

Lalo Villareal
Lalo Villareal Nursery Manager
Lalo brings 25 years of nursery management experience to InstantHedge. He keeps our hedges in pristine condition throughout the growing cycle using his wealth of knowledge and careful attention to detail.
Esperanza Mora-Ramos
Esperanza Mora-RamosAssistant Nursery Manager
Esperanza is a keen observer with an eye for horticultural beauty. These are very important skills in the many roles she has assumed over the years, including pruning the hedges and pulling and quality-checking orders.
Sam Pratt
Sam PrattSales, Customer Service, Marketing
Sam began working in the nursery industry at the age of 18. He has attained a high level of horticultural expertise simply through passionately studying plants. His roles include special projects, sales, customer service, and marketing.
Stephanie Pratt
Stephanie PrattSales, Customer Service, Marketing
Stephanie earned a BS in Horticulture from Oregon State University and has been working in the nursery industry ever since. She handles sales, marketing, and customer service. Have questions? Give her a call or schedule a nursery tour.

The InstantHedge team – the group that makes all the InstantHedge magic happen!