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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.
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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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.
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.
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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Thuja plicata ‘Virescens’

Western Red Cedar hedge makes a visually striking hedge in any outdoor space with a dense habit that stays evergreen throughout the year. It generally thrives in moist environments and regions with cooler summer climates, but does well in a variety of settings. The Virescens Western Red Cedar does promise a vibrant green color year-round and makes an excellent privacy hedge.


Western Red Cedar Growing Regions
  • Thuja Plicata ‘Virescens’ is dense but not overly constricted, and the foliage works well with casual or regular pruning. Virescens Western Red Cedar grows best in moist, fertile soils with good drainage and performs especially well in cooler environments.
  • The tree is native to the Pacific Northwest where it is typically found damp forested areas, from southern Alaska along the coast to northern California and from British Columbia east to Montana.
  • The Western Red Cedar is the largest tree in the Cypress family. In its native habitat, it can reach up to 200 feet tall and live for hundreds, and even thousands, of years.
  • The Western red cedar growth rate is fast, up to 2' per year.
  • The tree’s scale-like foliage is aromatic when crushed and its red-brown bark is equally fragrant.


There are a number of immediate benefits to choosing & planting Western Red Cedar for your next hedge:

  • Dark glossy green foliage that keeps its form and color in all seasons
  • Conical shape and fast growth that responds well to hedging
  • Tall mature height creates a great privacy screen
  • Western Red Cedars are easy to maintain in different climates
  • With a taller and narrower habit than other Thujas, the vertical branching on Thuja plicata ‘Virescens’ makes a uniquely attractive hedge. To explore other types of Arborvitae, take a look at Green Giant Arborvitae , Emerald Green Arborvitae and American Arborvitae.
USDA Hardiness Zones:5 - 9
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Sun/Shade:Partial Shade to Full Sun
Deer Resistance:Yes
Watering Requirements:Moderate
Growth Rate:Fast, up to 2’ per year
Mature Size:Up to 12’ height and 4’ width
Drought Tolerance:Moderate
West Coast - Sunset Heat Zones:1 - 9, 15 - 17, 21 - 24, 32 - 45
Pest/Disease Issues:
No major pest or disease issues. Susceptible to beetle borers, leaf miner and spider mites, oak root rot.

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Quick Features of Virescens Western Red Cedar

  1. The native Western Red Cedar is commonly found in north western United States and Canada.
  2. It has scale like foliage which is glossy, green and aromatic.
  3. Virescens Western Red Cedar’s dense, bushy habit makes it one of the best evergreen privacy hedges.
  4. It is easy to maintain as it needs pruning twice a year.
  5. Its foliage creates secure, safe and comfortable nesting ground for birds.
  6. Thuja plicata ‘Virescens’ grows best in deep, moist and well drained soil.

Caring Thuja Plicata Virescens

Fertilize the Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata ‘Virescens’) with a basic tree and shrub slow-release fertilizer in early spring to invite new growth. To encourage bushy growth, prune it in early spring or late winter. Prune lightly and frequently, avoiding pruning into old wood to prevent browning. Apply mulch in fall to protect the roots, conserve water, and enrich the soil.

Landscape Gallery

  • Western Red Cedar Hedge in Suburban Park Driveway Estate

    This arborvitae (Thuja plicata 'Virescens') hedge shows the boundary between two properties in a graceful way.

  • Virescens Western Red Cedar Hedge in Cottage Country

    This little cottage garden with table and chairs is made more private with the arborvitae (Thuja) hedge behind.

  • Thuja Virescens Western Red Cedar hedge in Country Garden

    The flowers in this bed look even more stunning when set against the dark green background of an arborvitae (Thuja) hedge.