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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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About Us
Learn about our company’s past and present, and all about how we introduced this revolutionary product to the US market. You can also get a peek at our farm and meet our team of hedge experts who make all the hedge magic happen!
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Find out where you can purchase our hedges in your area, whether you are a retail or wholesale buyer. We have exclusive wholesale distributors in some states, and this is where you can connect with them.
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See real-life examples of our hedges being used in projects all over the country. These photos are provided by our customers and can be used as inspiration for a wide range of uses, from commercial to residential. You can find customer reviews here as well.
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THUJA OCCIDENTALIS ‘LITTLE SIMON’

Little Simon Arborvitae is a dwarf selection from Emerald Green Arborvitae, which is already a slow-growing plant. Little Simon is a wonderful choice for low, compact, evergreen hedge. It is extremely cold-hardy, and is a nice alternative for boxwoods in areas that may have had a boxwood blight issue in the past.

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  • Evergreen with bright green foliage
  • Small height and width, perfect for a low-maintenance, small hedge
  • Very slow growth rate
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 3-9
  • Grows in full sun

LITTLE SIMON DETAILS

Little Simon’s parent, Emerald Green Arborvitae, is already an extremely popular evergreen tree due to its wonderful color, slow growth, and narrow habit. Little Simon has the same excellent color with even slower growth, making it an ideal low-growing hedge. It grows approximately 3” per year into a dense, small column.

It grows well in full sun and has no serious disease issues. It has very low maintenance needs, with only a light pruning required once per year to even out the shape. It is hardy to USDA Zone 3 and can be grown in most parts of the USA. It does very well in containers.

Little Simon is a good candidate for a replacement for low boxwood hedges that have been infected with Boxwood Blight.

USDA Hardiness Zones:3 - 9
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West Coast - Sunset Heat Zones: 1 - 9, 15 - 17 and 21 - 24; H1, H2
Sun/Shade:Full Sun
Deer Resistance:No
Watering Requirements:Moderate
Growth Rate:Slow, 1-3” per year
Mature Size:3’ H X 1’ W
Drought Tolerance:Moderate
Pest/Disease Issues:
Deer can be a problem, verticillium wilt resistant

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    Little Simon makes a nice boxwood replacement and can be grown as a low border hedge.