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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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Containers
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.
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Installation
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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COLD HARDY HEDGES

Cold Hardy Hedges

This is a message of hope for anyone living in a cold climate who has given up hope of being able to grow an interesting hedge: you have options! Yes, cherry laurel, yew, and beech are extremely popular in the Zone 5 and up crowd, but don’t think for a moment that there aren’t beautiful choices for the Zone 4 and below folks as well.

These are our favorite cold-hardy hedge varieties:

Hardy to USDA Zone 4 (winter temperatures down to -30°F)

Green Mountain Boxwood (Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’) is a hybrid box hedge that was bred in Canada for superior cold tolerance. It has become one of the most popular boxwood varieties available on the market. It can be grown in parts of every state! Other benefits include deer and rabbit resistance, sun and shade tolerance, evergreen foliage, and a growth rate that is easy to maintain. Green Mountain is perfect for low borders and knot gardens.

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Wichita Blue Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum ‘Wichita Blue’) has stunning, powder-blue, needle-type foliage that creates a striking hedge. It is native to the Rocky Mountains and is a great choice for cold, dry climates. It is deer resistant, evergreen, easy to maintain, drought-tolerant, and grows well in full sun. Wichita Blue makes a uniquely beautiful privacy hedge or medium height hedge for design.

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Hardy to USDA Zone 3 (winter temperatures down to -40°F)

Flame Amur Maple (Acer ginnala ‘Flame’) has lush, green foliage in the spring and summer with vibrant fall colors in hues of yellow, red, and orange (hence its name). It has a quick growth rate and creates a nice privacy screen in summer, while allowing light through its bare branches in the winter. It hedges very well and has a naturally multi-trunked habit. It grows well in full sun to partial shade, is more drought tolerant than most maples, has fair deer-resistance, and does not have any major disease issues. Flame make an excellent privacy hedge for the spring and summer months and adds wonderful seasonal interest to a landscape.

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American Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) is an extremely cold-hardy North American native. It grows fast, quickly becoming a tall, wide hedge. It is not deer-resistant, so if you have a deer problem, you’ll want to find a different option. American Arborvitae is evergreen and grows well in full sun. It is easy to maintain as a thick, dense, tall, privacy hedge. It is great for blocking noise and wind as well.

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Emerald Green Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’) is a variety of American Arborvitae that is prized for both its tall, narrow habit and its foliage that stays bright green year-round, with no winter bronzing. It is an extremely popular hedge. One big benefit to using Emerald Green as a hedge is it is very low-maintenance due to its slow and upright growth. Pruning can easily be limited to a light trim once every few years. Its narrow habit also is wonderful in small spaces where a small footprint is desired. It is not deer-resistant, but it has no serious pest or disease issues otherwise.

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Hardy to USDA Zone 2 (winter temperatures down to -50°F)

Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) is another North American native with extreme cold-hardiness. It has a profusion of white flowers in late spring that are attractive to bees and butterflies. Later in the summer, blue-black fruits appear that birds love. It has no serious disease issues and is deer-resistant. Arrowwood Viburnum makes a wonderful deciduous hedge that adds seasonal interest and is great for all kinds of wildlife.

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By brent | June 6th, 2019 | Plant Spotlights

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