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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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Green Giant Arborvitae

Thuja x. ‘Green Giant’

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Green Giant Arborvitae is a fast-growing hedge that thrives in heat and humidity, which makes it an especially popular hedge choice in the regions around the Southern United States. With sturdy evergreen foliage, Green Giant Arborvitae looks vibrant year-round with great winter color. Thuja Green Giant is a large, vigorous and a handsome hedge choice for privacy and screening purposes.

This arborvitae (Thuja 'Green Giant') InstantHedge unit is in a biodegradable cardboard container and ready to be shipped for a privacy screen.


Neatly-maintained rows of arborvitae (Thuja) hedge ready to be harvested and shipped for landscape jobs.


The lush foliage of this arborvitae (Thuja 'Green Giant') hedge can be trimmed to form a dense evergreen wall.


Green Giant hedges in the field, nearly ready to harvest.


A row of finished arborvitae (Thuja) hedges stretching as far as the eye can see.


A row of finished arborvitae (Thuja) hedges stretching as far as the eye can see.


Root development of young plants is checked periodically to ensure that only the strongest plants are selected to form InstantHedges.


Young starts of arborvitae (Thuja 'Green Giant') wait in a greenhouse to be planted in neat rows to form InstantHedges.

Green Giant Arborvitae Quick Guide

Green Giant Arborvitae Growing Region
There are a number of immediate benefits to choosing & planting Green Giant Arborvitae for your next hedge:
  • Thuja Green Giant is Evergreen with excellent year-round color
  • Tolerates a range of different soil conditions, heat, and humidity
  • Dense growth habit works well with casual or regular pruning
  • Grows very fast, making it great for privacy hedges

Thuja Green Giant Details

Green Giant Arborvitae is a fast-growing evergreen arborvitae hybrid that has been promoted as a disease-free substitute for other evergreens, especially in the humid Southeastern United States.

In the proper growing environment, Green Giant Arborvitae growth rate is at an impressively fast rate, up to 4 feet per year!

Thuja ‘Green Giant’ Hedge makes a dense, thick, lovely hedge with regular pruning.

With slightly upturned horizontal branching and scale-like dark evergreen foliage, Green Giant Arborvitae Hedge makes a great accent in any outdoor space.

Durable, tall, and strong-rooted Green Giant Arborvitae makes an especially solid screen or windbreak hedge with almost no disease issues.

Thuja ‘Green Giant’ was introduced to the United States in 1967, when the U.S. National Arboretum planted a specimen sent from a Danish botanist. It was selected for its impressive growth rate and vigor.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8
Your Hardiness Zone:

Sun/Shade: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Deer Resistance: Some
Watering Requirements: Weekly, or more often in extreme heat
Growth Rate: Fast, up to 3’ to 4’ per year
Mature InstantHedge Height and Width: Up to 12’ height and 4’ width - trimmed
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
West Coast - Sunset Heat Zones: 1 - 9 and 14 - 24
Pest/Disease Issues:
No major pest or disease issues. Bagworm and rots may occur.

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