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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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Traditionally, achieving a finished, solid hedge has required years of waiting and maintenance. That’s because when individual plants are installed, they are typically cone or “natural” shape. Conventional installations can only become a solid hedge after meticulous, repeated shaping. With InstantHedge the privacy and finished look of a hedge is achieved in a single day, instead of 4-5 years.

There is nothing like them on the market. For the first time ever, you can have a finished hedge in just one day. Using patented technology and state-of-the-art precision agriculture implements, we produce finished hedges on our farm in Oregon that we can ship directly to a landscape in a biodegradable box for easy installation. Find more information please read our blog post about InstantHedge vs. Conventional Hedges.

InstantHedge will last for many years if the plants are maintained. With proper maintenance your hedge can last for decades and beyond. European Beech – our most popular variety- has thrived as a hedge in the United Kingdom and Netherlands in the same footprint for more than 200 years.

Our hedges are grown on 80+ acres in Canby, Oregon, located within the fertile and world-renowned Willamette Valley. Our experienced horticultural staff tends to the 50+ miles of hedges with exceptional care and attention to detail.

The hedges are harvested within a few days of shipping. Our patented process for root pruning and hedge separating allows us to harvest plant material year-round. After 5 annual root prunings, the hedges are ready for harvest. The harvester gently lifts them from the ground and places them directly into their cardboard boxes for shipping and planting. The entire process prepares the hedges for a seamless transition from the soil at our farm to the soil at the new planting site, with little to no transplant shock.

We hear this question a lot. We are dedicated to growing disease-free hedges and have taken active steps to achieve this. We are voluntary participants in the Oregon Boxwood Blight Cleanliness Program, which involves special disease prevention practices and yearly audits and inspections. This clears us to ship boxwoods to any state, including PA and TN. We grow only Green Mountain boxwood, which has shown itself to be one of the most naturally blight-resistant cultivars on the market. We are also in the process of growing boxwood substitutes that have all the beloved qualities of boxwood without the increasing disease issues.

Note: Boxwood blight can often be controlled with cultural practices in landscape settings as well. If you ever suspect you have boxwood blight, contact your local extension office for advice. Disease will stop or slow down spreading if you keep the area clean, thin the foliage and apply a fungicide.

We are doing our part to make sure we never send you an infected plant, but if you find it on existing boxwoods in your landscape, there is hope! Buy Boxwood now!

We guarantee that our hedges will arrive at the delivery site in perfect condition.

Live plants are difficult to guarantee over a long period of time, since they are out of our care and control once they leave our nursery. If a problem arises with the hedges, we ask that you let us know as soon as you notice it, providing photos and details about the problem. Written communication is preferred via email (or fax) within 7 days of order receipt. We will work with you to find a solution tailored to your situation that works for everyone. We are passionate about customer service, and we want every InstantHedge experience to be 100% positive. Please contact us immediately with any issues by calling 503.587.0102 or emailing order@instanthedge.com.

Contact our customer service team by phone at 503-587-0102 or by email to Order@InstantHedge.com for a fast response. You can also fill out our contact form.

A “hedge unit” is a 40” long segment of pre-finished hedge.

For the 3-4’ and 5-6’ hedges, each hedge unit has 4 plants in it that have been grown, pruned, and harvested together. The roots have been pruned to form a nice, fine root system at the base of the unit. The unit will come in a biodegradable cardboard box that can be planted with the hedge (there are other packaging options as well). The root ball is 40” long, 12” deep, and 16” across at the widest point. The height is measured from the top of the soil to the top of the plant. Each hedge will be 12-14” thick.

For the 18-24” hedges, each hedge unit has 5 plants in it that have been grown together in a 32” long plastic container. The plastic container will need to be removed before planting and can be recycled. The root ball is 32” long, 7” deep, and 10” across. The hedge is 18-24” tall from top of the soil to top of the plants and 10” thick. See the Hedge Sizes page for more information.


InstantHedges can be utilized in any landscape setting, from commercial courtyards to residential screening to municipal plantings. Using InstantHedge in a landscape adds privacy, style, and visual impact, or it can simply be an effective way to ‘green’ your outdoor space. See more inspiration on our Landscapes page.
Certainly! With InstantHedge, you can instantly transform a landscape by adding a green privacy border to your property. Hedges have many benefits over using fences, including noise blocking, aesthetic appeal, use on uneven properties, providing wildlife habitats, stabilizing soil, limitless height, and more. Check out our guide comparing Hedges to Fences here.

InstantHedges can be placed in planters for privacy and design on patios, balconies, and courtyards. We recommend using planter boxes with minimum dimensions 45”Long x 20”Wide x 24”Deep for the 3-4’ and 5-6’ hedges to ensure the longest life. Containers for the boxwood hedges can be minimum 40”Long x 14”Wide x 12”Deep. Take a look at our container garden landscape page.

Creating a landscape plan with InstantHedge is easier than planning for a conventional hedge by far. Instead of having to figure out spacing and doing numerous calculations to determine how many plants are needed, never mind locating the plants themselves from local suppliers, planning with InstantHedge means drawing up a clean, simple plan and letting us know how many feet you need.

Calculating your needed units is easy! First, figure out how many linear feet of hedge you want. Second, multiply that by 12 to get that number in inches. Third, divide that number by 40 to get the number of units you will need. In mathematical format:

(LF x 12) / 40 = Qty InstantHedge units needed

For boxwood hedges, you would use the same formula but divide by 32 instead of 40.

(LF x 12) / 32 = Qty Boxwood InstantHedge units needed

Another way to do it is to take your total linear feet and divide by 3.33 for the large hedge units or 2.67 for the boxwood units.

Every 3 hedge units gives you 10 linear feet (eg 6 units = 20 linear feet, 15 units = 50 linear feet, 30 units = 100 linear feet).

Still not sure? Contact us and we will guide you through it!

We know landscape jobs take time to plan, so we will accept orders 2 years in advance. For sizeable orders placed 1-2 years before requested shipping, a 25% deposit may be required but will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Freight estimates given in advance should not be relied upon, as the trucking market changes significantly from year to year.