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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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Distributors
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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Projects
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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FAQ
Got questions? Of course you do! And chances are, many others have had the same questions. We know that with an unusual product like our hedges there are always many questions. We answer some common questions here on this FAQ page, so it’s a great place to start.
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Rocky Mountain Juniper

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Rocky Mountain Juniper2021-01-21T05:26:35+00:00
Wichita Blue Juniper hedges are exceptionally blue juniper varieties of Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) that makes an excellent low hedge or border, especially in more arid climates. Wichita Blue Juniper is adaptable to a wide range of soils, but grows best in dry, sandy soils with good drainage. This juniper hedge tree is native to the Rocky Mountain region, where it can be found from Alberta down to Texas, as well as in other mountainous areas from British Columbia to the Southwest.
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Wichita Blue Juniper makes a striking, powder-blue hedge.

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Wichita Blue Juniper makes a striking, powder-blue hedge.

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Wichita Blue Juniper makes a striking, powder-blue hedge.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN JUNIPER QUICK GUIDE

Juniper Wichita Blue Growing Regions
  • Bright, powder blue foliage that persists all year
  • Deer resistant
  • Cold and drought tolerant
  • Juniper Wichita Blue makes a stunning low hedge or privacy hedge

JUNIPER WICHITA BLUE HEDGE DETAILS

In its native habitat, Rocky Mountain Juniper is often found in rocky high altitude foothills, so it can tolerate fairly extreme climates. Typically, Rocky Mountain Juniper takes a wide pyramidal shape, has a distinctive shedding red-brown bark and has deep green needles on thin, sinewy branches. In the wild, the tree can grow up to 50 feet tall and 20 feet wide. Wichita Blue Juniper Hedge is a variety with bright blue foliage and a slower growth rate. A mature size, without pruning, would be 10' tall by 6' wide. With Juniper Wichita Blue pruning as a hedge, you could keep it anywhere from 6-12' tall over the long run.
Deer Resistance: Yes
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Sunset Heat Zones: 1 - 24
USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 7
Watering Requirements: Moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Mature Size: Up to 10’ height and 6’ width
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Pest/Disease Issues:
No serious insect or disease problems. Phomopsis twig blight, cedar-apple, root rot, aphids, bagworms, twig borers, webworms, scale, and spider mites are all possible.

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