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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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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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SCHIP LAUREL HEDGE

Prunus l. ‘Schipkaensis’

Schip Laurel, Prunus laurocerasus 'Schipkaensis', (also known as Skip laurel, Schipka laurel, or Skipka laurel) is a cold-hardy and shade-tolerant cherry laurel. It is a stellar option for creating a narrow evergreen privacy hedge for a variety of climates. Schip laurel tolerates many different soil types and its relatively quick growth makes it easy to maintain without much of a fuss.

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prunus laurocerasus Schipkaensis: Cherry laurel growing region. Buy Skip laurel for Sale

There are a number of immediate benefits to choosing the Schip Cherry Laurel for your next hedge:

  • Dense foliage makes for an excellent compact hedge or privacy wall
  • Easy to prune and to maintain a clean appearance
  • Grows well in shadier environments
  • Schip Laurel stays evergreen throughout the seasons

SCHIP LAUREL HEDGE DETAILS

Schip laurel has smaller leaves than other cherry laurels, so it creates a neat and clean shape when pruned.

The shrub grows up to two feet per year, so it can rapidly produce a tall and dense screen for privacy.

In the spring, the Schip laurel produces attractive stalks of aromatic white flowers.

With uniquely medium-sized and glossy evergreen foliage, Schip laurel can create a lush, layered look.

As it doesn’t thrive under direct sunlight, Schip laurel grows well at the edge of a wooded area or in other environments with dappled shade.

This Prunus laurocerasus variety was first discovered on Bulgaria’s Schipka mountain pass and was then given its name 'Schipkaensis'. Other excellent evergreen hedge options include English laurel and Emerald Green arborvitae. See our full lineup of hedge types here.

USDA Hardiness Zones:6 - 9
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Sun/Shade:Partial shade
Deer Resistance:Yes
Watering Requirements:Weekly, or possibly more often in extreme heat
Growth Rate:Moderate
Mature Size:6’ to 10’ over long term
Drought Tolerance:Moderate
West Coast - Sunset Heat Zones: 4 - 9 and 14 - 24
Pest/Disease Issues:
Long-term health generally unaffected by pests. Mites, borers and caterpillars are attracted to the laurel. Moderately susceptible to shot-hole disease, powdery mildew and root rot.

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    Here both a Schip laurel (Prunus laurocerasus 'Schipkaensis') hedge and a lower barberry (Berberis) hedge are used together to create a multi-layered border.

  • N0300325_140-Prunus-laurocerasus-Schipkaensis-estate

    This rock wall is extended much higher with a Schip laurel (Prunus laurocerasus 'Schipkaensis') InstantHedge planted at the top.

  • 155618789-prunus-schipkaensis-schip-skip-cherry-laurel-privacy-hedge-swimming-pool-suburban-estate-modern

    Swimming areas need privacy and wind protection, and a Schip laurel hedge provides both beautifully.