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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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Sizes
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.
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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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Projects
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Cornus Mas

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

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Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus Mas) makes an attractive hedge, screen, or border for a diverse range of outdoor spaces due to its notable showy bright yellow flowers in the spring. Cornus Mas Dogwood grows easily in average well-drained soil and is simple to maintain throughout the year.
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An InstantHedge unit of Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) ready to ship at a 5-6' height.

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With adequate pruning, a dense hedge can be achieved with this relative of the dogwood.

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Red fruits on Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) make this hedge different from the rest.

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Cherry-like fruits dangle from the branches, giving the Cornelian cherry its name.

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First thing in spring, clusters of tiny golden-yellow flowers adorn the branches of the Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas).

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First thing in spring, clusters of tiny golden-yellow flowers adorn the branches of the Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas).

CORNELIAN CHERRY QUICK GUIDE

Cornelian Cherry Growing Regions
  • Cornelian Cherry develops fleshy dark-red fruits in mid-summer. The fruit are edible, but fairly sour fresh off the tree. However, cornelian cherry fruit can be used for making tasty syrups and preserves. Birds love the fruit as well!
  • Lush, green foliage in summer that turns yellow in fall and drops during winter
  • Bright gold flowers on cornus mas cover the branches in late winter, making a glowing effect in the landscape.

CORNUS MAS HEDGE DETAILS

There are a number of immediate benefits to choosing a cornelian cherry dogwood:

  • Dense tree that can be easily shaped into desired hedge shape
  • Stunning yellow blossoms in the spring
  • Resistant to pests and diseases
  • Produces edible fruit in the summer

Cornelian cherry (Cornus Mas) can be grown as a low-branching, multi-stemmed shrub or small garden tree. Cornus mas dogwood is resistant to many different potential pests and diseases. Native to Europe and into western Asia, the Cornelian Cherry Dogwood Tree can grow up to 25 feet tall with a 20-foot spread. It can easily be maintained as a hedge anywhere from 4-12′ tall. The mature Cornelian Cherry tree’s trunk has a distinctive scaly and exfoliating bark.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8
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Sun/Shade: Partial Shade to Full Sun
Deer Resistance: Yes
Watering Requirements: Moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate, up to 2’ per year
Mature Size: Up to 12’ height and 4’ width
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
West Coast - Sunset Heat Zones: 1 - 6
Pest/Disease Issues:
No major pest or disease issues. Borers, leaf miner, gall midge and scale are all potential insect pests. Potential disease problems include dogwood anthracnose, leaf spot, crown canker, root rot, powdery mildew and leaf and twig blight.

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