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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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GREEN MOUNTAIN BOXWOOD

Buxus x. ‘Green Mountain’

Green Mountain Boxwood (Buxus X ‘Green Mountain’) is a naturally deer-resistant evergreen shrub that makes for an excellent year-round hedge. Green Mountain Boxwood shrubs upright and naturally conical habit makes it popular both among topiary fans and those merely wanting a uniquely shaped border in their outdoor space.

GREEN MOUNTAIN BOXWOOD QUICK GUIDE

Green Mountain Boxwood Hedge Growing Region
  • Deer and rabbit resistant, while also not carrying many serious disease or pest risks
  • Evergreen year round
  • Easy to manicure and prune due to its relative density
  • Compact and small leaves make it work perfectly for shorter hedge rows
  • Buxus Green Mountain is one of the most popular ornamental plants for landscape professionals due to its clean, classic look and low maintenance needs.

BUXUS GREEN MOUNTAIN DETAILS

As the Green Mountain Boxwood Hedge grows well in both full sun and partial shade, it’s an easy buxus green mountain to grow and maintain in a variety of settings, provided it receives regular waterings in well-drained soil. Clusters of small greenish-cream flowers appear in the spring, giving the hedge a pleasant short-lived fragrance on top of its usual scent. For a shorter hedge, Green Mountain Boxwood is a smart and stylish choice, as it’s been the preferred shrub for knot gardens, country gardens and borders for centuries.

Green Mountain Boxwood for sale is completely deer resistant and rabbit resistant. It is also one of the top boxwood varieties for natural resistance to Boxwood Blight. As a relatively slow-growing hedge, at 3 to 6 inches per year, Green Mountain Boxwood Hedge is easy to maintain at your desired height and is ideal between 2 to 4 feet tall.

Buxus x Green Mountain leaves are famously resilient to the seasons and will stay a vibrant bright green throughout the year. Occasional winter bronzing may occur but only in full sun and for a limited period of time.

Green Mountain Boxwood Hedge thrives in enriched and lightly acidic well-drained soil. A properly mulched root zone for Buxus Green Mountain will help them to contain moisture and keep the box bush hedge cool in hotter climates. For an evergreen hedge for privacy, check out our laurel hedges. Our full list of hedges can be found here.

USDA Hardiness Zones:5 - 8
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Sun/Shade:Partial to Full Sun
Deer Resistance:Yes
Watering Requirements:Weekly, or possibly more often in containers or extreme heat
Growth Rate:Moderate
Mature Size:Up to 5’ height and 3’ width
West Coast - Sunset Heat Zones:3 - 6 and 15 - 17
Drought Tolerance:Medium -- more than other boxwood varieties, but doesn’t tolerate poor drainage or clay soil
Pest/Disease Issues:
Green Mountain is more resistant to root rot than most other cultivars of Boxwood. That said, there is still some susceptibility to root rot, blight and leaf spots. Common pests include the boxwood leafminer, boxwood mite and boxwood psyllid. Nematodes can be an issue in the South.

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Why choose a Green Mountain Boxwood Hedge?

There are many different species and varieties of box hedges available on the market, but we and millions of others prefer Buxus Green Mountain Boxwood Hedge for some very specific reasons. Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’ (a hybrid) has been one of the most popular varieties in the US since its introduction in the 1970s. It surpassed many of the standby varieties due to its wonderful appearance, hardiness, and low maintenance needs. The green mountain boxwood can grow in full sun to nearly full shade, and deer won’t touch it. It is versatile and tough, and we just can’t get enough of it.

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Green Mountain boxwoods growing in rows at the InstantHedge farm
A Beautiful Specimen

One of the main reasons to love the Green Mountain Boxwood hedge is for its lovely appearance. Boxwood has been the landscape plant of choice for thousands of years, and Buxus Green Mountain offers significant improvements over the older varieties

A True Classic

Boxwoods have been used in gardens for hedges as far back as 4000 BC when they were favored by the Egyptians (we know, it’s crazy). Green Mountain Boxwood was then used extensively throughout Europe before being introduced to the US in the 1650s. Buxus Green Mountain can be found at many historical estates throughout the world, and it is a key ingredient in historic estate restoration projects.

Boxwood for sale. An estate in North Carolina used Green Mountain Buxus InstantHedge to create this classic French Provincial look.
An estate in North Carolina used Green Mountain boxwood InstantHedge to create this classic French Provincial look.
One of our fields of Green Mountain boxwoods (Buxus) showing off their lovely summer color.
One of our fields of Green Mountain boxwoods showing off their lovely summer color.
Foliage

One of the most exciting things about Green Mountain Boxwood Hedge is its excellent winter color. Many boxwood cultivars experience some degree of winter bronzing, and it can take on a very unattractive hue on many varieties. Green Mountain, however, has very little bronzing in winter and it really only happens when they are in full sun. As soon as the weather begins to warm in spring, the bronzed tips are quickly replaced with lush green leaf color.

Form and Growth Rate

Green Mountain Boxwood’s growth rate is moderate for a boxwood hedge, increasing by about 4 inches per year. This rate can be increased by optimum water and fertilizer. Typically, growth slows after they reach about 15 years of age. This moderate green mountain boxwood growth rate means you can achieve a sizable box hedge without having to wait very long, but you also won’t be burdened with heavy maintenance requirements. At around 15 years old, left unpruned, it can reach around 3.5’ tall by 2.5’ wide.

Tough as Nails

Not only is Green Mountain Boxwood a beauty, but it is also incredibly tough, hardy, and easy to grow.

Pests

Deer and rabbits avoid boxwoods in general. Green Mountain Boxwood does not have any other serious pest issues. Some things to watch for with any boxwood are psyllid, leaf miner, and mites, but all of these can be easily treated with simple cultural methods or low-intensity insecticides.

Our boxwood (Buxus) units are a comfortable size to begin with but can be grown quite a bit larger if desired. Box hedge can reach up to 3.5' tall and 2.5 inch wide
Our boxwood units are a comfortable size to begin with but can be grown quite a bit larger if desired.
Green Mountain Boxwood Growing Regions
Green Mountain boxwood can be grown in parts of every state.
Hardiness

Green Mountain boxwood hedge is one of the most cold-hardy boxwoods available. Bred in Canada originally, it grows well down to USDA Zone 4. Its growing region is truly huge.

Drought

Green Mountain Boxwood Hedge prefers a drier growing environment to a very wet one. Once established, it can be quite drought tolerant. It is best to water deeply with drip irrigation once per week or so in the driest times of year (summer in some areas, winter in others). Keeping water off the leaves is important for the health of any boxwood.

Blight

The most common topic surrounding buxus green mountain hedges over the past few years is Boxwood Blight. This fungal disease is easily spread from plant to plant, particularly in wet areas. Infection results in leaf drop and eventual death of the plant. It affects boxwoods, Sweet Box (Sarcococca sp.), and Pachysandra.

No boxwood variety as of yet has been shown to be fully resistant to Boxwood Blight, but there are definitely some that are more resistant than others. Green Mountain Boxwood Hedge has shown itself to be among the top varieties for resistance, although different studies have had inconsistent results regarding exactly how near the top it falls. Our boxwood crops are certified blight-free by our participation in the voluntary Oregon Boxwood Blight Cleanliness Program. We go through rigorous cleanliness practices and have regular inspections to ensure our boxwoods are 100% clean. We are approved to ship boxwood into any state.

While the thought of Blight can be scary, the good news is that it can be effectively prevented and controlled by careful cultural practices. The main factors are cleanliness (cleaning up leaf debris, thinning plants to improve airflow), and water practices (avoid leaf wetness and planting sites must be well draining). There are also some products available that can be applied to control the pathogen. If you do have an area where you have lost boxwoods to blight, we don’t recommend planting boxwoods again, but maybe try boxwood alternatives such as Hick’s Yew (Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’) or Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera Nitida).

Low-Maintenance

Buxus Green Mountain Boxwood hedges are incredibly easy to care for, which is especially wonderful since they are typically planted in large quantities. Instead of trying to wrangle a weed-like privet hedge, do yourself a favor by planting low-maintenance boxwood hedges.

This box hedge (Buxus) InstantHedge was planted in winter, giving it time to acclimatize before the spring flush.
This box hedge was planted in winter, giving it time to acclimatize before the spring flush.
Planting

The best time to plant a boxwood hedge plant is in fall or spring. In more temperate climates where the soil is workable throughout the winter, planting boxwood in winter is also a good choice. Planting box hedges in summer are possible, but it is important to keep the hedge well-watered to avoid unnecessary stress that may weaken the plants. Whenever you choose to plant Buxus, choose a well-draining planting site, do not bury any of the trunks of the plants in soil, and make sure to water thoroughly right after planting. A generous application of mulch is very beneficial.

Fertilizing

Boxwoods are not “hungry” plants, and if the existing soil has a pH level of 6.5-7 you may not need to supplement at all. Applying some compost or a slow-release fertilizer on top of your mulch layer in late fall may be beneficial, but is likely not necessary to keep your box hedge thriving.

Watering

It is important to water your green mountain boxwood hedge well right after planting to help the plants get established. After that, they will need the 1-2” of water per week, whether from drip irrigation or rainfall. Overhead irrigation is not ideal for boxwoods as leaf wetness is a good way to spread common box hedge diseases. The soil should be allowed to dry between periods of watering, but do not let it get so dry that the plants begin to show signs of lack of water.

Pruning

One yearly pruning is plenty to control Green Mountain Boxwood hedges. The best times to prune are late fall, winter, and early spring. You can use hand shears or an electric trimmer, but make sure the blades are sharp. To prevent spreading disease, sanitize the blades with alcohol when moving between groups.

Green Mountain Boxwood Care
Versatile

Boxwoods are extremely versatile, proven by the fact that they are used just as often, if not more, today as they were in ancient Egypt. The different Buxus species are native to regions all over the world, from Europe to Asia. They suit many different landscape styles and can be grown in a wide range of areas.

Any Style

Boxwood hedges are equally at home in the grand knot gardens of Versailles as they are on a modern rooftop garden at a hotel in New York City. Humble cottage-style gardens can use them to reign in drifting flowerbeds, and they look smart lining paths and sidewalks in suburban areas. It’s hard to go wrong with a tidy, evergreen, low-maintenance hedge like boxwood.

(Buxus) Boxwood hedges are equally at home in a grand estate garden and in a clean, modern setting.
Boxwood hedges are equally at home in a grand estate garden and in a clean, modern setting.-
Any Site

Green Mountain Boxwood grows well in all different exposures, from full sun to nearly full shade. It isn’t bothered by deer, and it tolerates urban pollution well. It grows well in containers as well as in the ground. You’d be hard-pressed to find a spot where a Green Mountain boxwood wouldn’t grow.

Boxwood hedges
Boxwoods can be grown almost anywhere.
Any Shape

Our boxwood hedges can be planted as straight or curved borders, as a radius or circle, or any other pattern you can imagine. The units can easily be trimmed to fit a certain space, and they can also be scored and curved. They are young enough when they are shipped that they can be pruned to any desired shape.

Boxwood InstantHedge
InstantHedge units can be cut to fit any space or scored and curved to fit any design.
Many Zones

Green Mountain Boxwood hedge has one of the largest growing regions of any hedge type we grow. It can grow in almost the entire United States. That can’t be said for most plants!

WHY CHOOSE INSTANTHEDGE FOR GREEN MOUNTAIN BOXWOOD?s

Traditional Methods

Planting boxwood hedges means digging dozens, if not hundreds or thousands, of little holes. You must try to keep them in a straight line. It also means purchasing dozens, if not hundreds or thousands, of tiny boxwood plants and planting them in all the little holes. Then, you wait for several years for all the little boxwoods to become bigger buxus green mountain hedges. As they do, you must shape the hedges repeatedly and hope that you don’t make any mistakes that might not be fixable.

traditional boxwood hedge
A traditional boxwood hedge takes years of waiting for a finished hedge to mature.
InstantHedge

Planting a Green Mountain Boxwood InstantHedge means digging one long trench, perhaps very quickly with a mini excavator. You buy the exact amount of hedge units needed for your linear footage, then set the 32” InstantHedge units in the trench, end to end. They are pre-shaped, pre-spaced, and pre-finished. You will have a finished boxwood hedge in one day.

Planting a Green Mountain Boxwood
Planting an InstantHedge gives you a finished hedge in one day.
Quality

When you plant a traditional boxwood hedge, you may be tempted to start with bare-root or very small plants to save on initial costs. You are very likely to lose plants due to the stress caused by bare-rooting or by simply planting them too small. When you start with an InstantHedge, the plants have vigorous, healthy roots and will experience little to no transplant shock. They arrive ready to thrive and grow, after being given the best possible start by the InstantHedge experts. So why wait for years, when you can get a fully grown Buxus Green Mountain hedge and install it in just one day!

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