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Boxwood & Boxwood Substitutes Compare
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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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Portuguese Laurel Hedge

Prunus lusitanica

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The beautiful Portuguese Laurel hedge is a popular choice for those wanting a dense hedge that is easy to maintain. Native to the Mediterranean region, this cherry laurel excels in drier environments and those with sandier or clay-heavy soils. Prunus Lusitanica's compact growth make it ideal for a privacy screen.
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A Portuguese laurel (Prunus lusitanica) InstantHedge unit around 5-6' tall in biodegradable cardboard container ready for planting.

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Finished hedges of Portuguese laurel (Prunus lusitanica) stretch on for nearly a mile at the nursery.

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Drupes of deep-blue, almost black berries form in mid-summer on the Portuguese laurel (Prunus lusitanica).

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A finished row of Portuguese laurel (Prunus lusitanica) stretching as far as the eye can see.

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Clusters of white flowers emerging in mid-spring.

Quick Guide

Prunus lusitanica growing region- Portuguese laurel is ideal for USDA zone 7-9
  • Tolerant of warm climates, drought and deer, the Portuguese Cherry Laurel is vibrant yet hardy.
  • The shrub thrives in many different soils, including chalk, clay, loam and sand.
  • The Portuguese Cherry Laurel is evergreen and looks vibrant throughout all seasons.
  • Bees enjoy the sweetly fragrant white flowers in late spring, and the late summer fruits are a valuable food source for birds.
  • With its pest resistance and adaptability to many different soil conditions, the Portuguese Cherry Laurel is easier to maintain than many other hedge varieties.
  • Prunus lusitanica is easy to maintain at 3-4’, it can easily grow up to 10 feet or higher for a tall privacy hedge.

Prunus lusitanica DETAILS

There are a number of immediate benefits to choosing Prunus lusitanica for your next hedge:

  • Quite drought tolerant and requires little or no irrigation
  • Resistant to deer and many pests including the shot hole fungus that affects Prunus laurocerasus cherry laurels
  • Attractive evergreen glossy leaves and red stems
  • Fragrant spring flowers and fruit are a draw for bird populations
  • Prunus lusitanica is tolerant of a variety of soil types
  • It is a fast-growing shrub and has a dense habit with compact foliage, so Portuguese laurel makes a great privacy screen or windbreak

For more privacy hedge options, you can explore all our different types of hedge plants You can also check out our other laurel hedge types: Schip laurel and English laurel.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 6b - 9
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Sun/Shade: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Deer Resistance: Yes
Watering Requirements: Moderate
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Size: 10' tall and 6' wide, trimmed
Drought Tolerance: High
West Coast - Sunset Heat Zones: 4 - 9 and 14 - 24
Pest/Disease Issues: Susceptible to Scales and Verticillium

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