While less common in the United States, Box Honeysuckle is an extremely popular hedge in the UK. It is native to China. Its fine green foliage is similar to boxwood, and with consistent shearing it grows into a dense, thick hedge. Lonicera Nitida growth rate rapidly but responds well to pruning, so it can be maintained as either a small or a large hedge.
Lonicera Nitida grows well in full sun to light shade, and is hardy in USDA Zones 6-9. It is strongly deer resistant and has no serious disease issues. It tolerates drought, salt, and pollution well, and grows well in a wide range of soil types.
Box Honeysuckle Hedge is a great choice for replacing a green mountain boxwood hedge that has been infected with Boxwood Blight.