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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.
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Schmidt
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Buxus Sempervirens

Buxus sempervirens ‘Schmidt’

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Buxus Sempervirens or Schmidt Boxwood is a variety of common boxwood that is very cold hardy and is perfectly suited to Buxus hedging. It has a fast boxwood growth rate and an upright oval habit. Boxwood Buxus Sempervirens hedge responds well to repeated shearing, and it is deer resistant and rabit resistant. It maintains its green color well in winter, even in colder climates.
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The Schmidt Boxwood makes a perfect narrow, low hedge

BUXUS SEMPERVIRENS QUICK GUIDE

boxwood sempervirens growing regions
  • Evergreen with good winter color
  • Small height and width, perfect for a low-maintenance, small hedge
  • Fast boxwood growth rate
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 5-8
  • Grows in full sun and partial shade
  • Deer and rabbit resistant

SCHMIDT BOXWOOD DETAILS

Buxus Sempervirens is not one of the more famous boxwood varieties, but we think it should be. Buxus Sempervirens Evergreen Shrubs performs extremely well as a hedge. The growth habit of Buxus Sempervirens is upright and oval, and the growth rate (about 4” per year) makes it easy to maintain while also making it possible to achieve a sizeable hedge in a relatively short amount of time (generally a 10-year-old plant is 5’ tall). An evergreen Buxus Sempervirens has excellent winter color, even when planted in exposed locations in harsh winter climates.

Schmidt Boxwood can be grown in full sun to partial shade and prefers well-draining soil. It is strongly deer and rabbit resistant. Buxus Sempervirens is hardy to USDA Zone 5-8 and does well in the Midwest, which can be a challenging area for many boxwood hedges.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8
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West Coast - Sunset Heat Zones: 8 - 24
Sun/Shade: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Deer Resistance: Yes
Watering Requirements: Moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate, 4” per year
Mature Size: 5’ H X 3’ W
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Pest/Disease Issues:
None known

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