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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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Peace. Quiet. Solitude. Privacy.

Privacy Hedges allows you to enjoy all these qualities in any yard, no matter how noisy or urban the area.

It blocks noise and peering eyes while providing beauty to the garden and a home for small animals.
So what bushes are good for privacy? We have compiled a list of the best bushes for privacy. They are each suitable for different situations, so we are sure you will find your perfect match!


8 Varieties of Privacy Hedges

Fagus Sylvatica

Prunus laurocerasus

Prunus L. 'Schipkaensis'

Prunus Lusitanica

Thuja x. 'Green Giant'

Thuja Occidentalis 'Smaragd'

Thuja Plicata 'Virescens'

Thuja Occidentalis

What Makes a Great Privacy Hedge?

For great privacy hedges there are three main factors:

  1. Density
  2. Height
  3. Evergreen

You want tightly-branched evergreens for privacy to avoid any gaps. You can do this two ways: opt for privacy shrubs with extremely dense branching, or trim your looser-growing hedge religiously each year.


The great news about evergreen hedges for privacy or garden over a fence is you can usually grow a hedge much taller than you might be allowed to build a fence based on CC&Rs from your community. Want privacy for the second story windows of your house? No problem.


This one is flexible. While evergreens will provide solid, year-round protection, if you only need it for an outdoor space in the summer you could go with deciduous privacy hedges. We recommend choosing privacy shrubs, something like European Beech, which is deciduous but holds its copper-colored leaves through the winter and still provides a shield.

Best Bushes for privacy: Buy Privacy shrubs available for sale

Maintaining a Privacy Hedge

The key to maintaining a perfectly dense privacy hedge is consistent pruning on the sides. If the hedge is allowed to grow large and leggy, then pruned hard, you will end up with gaps (in laurels and beech this can be corrected, but in conifers, it usually can’t). A quick, simple trim once per year on fast-growing varieties and once every 2 years on slow-growing varieties is all you need to keep your hedge full and dense. Pruning the top half of the privacy hedges a little slimmer than the bottom will keep the lower branches nice and full (see the diagram below).

For more information on how to get privacy trees as fast as possible, check out our page on fast-growing hedges.

A guide to How to Prune best trees for privacy. Best Bushes for privacy. Privacy shrubs pruning tip.

Swimming pools are one of the most important places to use privacy hedges


Homes located on busy streets can still feel quiet and secluded when surrounded by a privacy hedge


Simple and elegant privacy hedges can be used at residences, restaurants, and event venues to create private outdoor eating areas


Emerald Green Arborvitae gives dense privacy, blocking noise, wind, and eyesores


Block neighborhood sounds and views with privacy hedges to create a peaceful sanctuary


Entries and driveways gain drama and glamour when lined with lush privacy hedges


Create peaceful, quiet spaces by surrounding them with tall privacy hedges


Outdoor living becomes a lot more peaceful with a lush privacy hedge


Block noise effectively by layering different heights of privacy hedges around an outdoor living space