Oregon Nursery Introduces InstantHedge
Earlier this year, Brent Markus of Rare Tree Nursery, Canby, Oregon, introduced InstantHedge, a new product that provides homeowners with an instant option for privacy, screening and aesthetics.
“Marrying custom, patented technology with decades of horticultural experience, we have created beautiful, high-quality hedges for any landscape. Rather than waiting years for a traditional planting to grow together to form a screen, our InstantHedge provides immediate gratification as a ready-made solution for privacy and design,” says Markus.
Each InstantHedge is an evergreen or deciduous hedge sold in panels of four trees that have been pruned multiple times each year using GPS tracking equipment to provide extraordinary density. Revolutionary technology ensures precision, accuracy and delivery of a consistent product. The hedges look like they’ve been growing in place for years, not just dropped in the ground.
“We don’t ship plants, we ship plantscapes. It’s a totally new product for the U.S. market because of the unit size and scale of production,” Markus says.
The hedges currently ships in biodegradable cardboard boxes with a plastic fabric pot version under development. In addition to the large hedges, they are also releasing an 18″ boxwood hedge in fall 2018.
“With 400,000 trees in production, we are only starting to discover the applications made possible by this innovation,” says Markus.
InstantHedge is available in 13 varieties of ready-to-plant hedges, covering hardiness zones 2-9, heights of 3-6 feet, and full to partial sunlight requirements.
Available varieties include:
Buxus x. ‘Green Mountain’ – Green Mountain Boxwood
Prunus laurocerasus – English or Cherry Laurel
Prunus lusitanica – Portuguese Cherry Laurel
Taxus x. media ‘Hicksii’ – Yew
Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’ – Schipka Cherry Laurel
Thuja occidentalis – American Arborvitae
Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’ – Emerald Green Arborvitae
Thuja plicata ‘Virescens’ – Western Red Cedar
Thuja x. ‘Green Giant’ – Green Giant Arborvitae
Fagus sylvatica – European Beech
Acer ginnala ‘Flame’ – Flame Amur Maple
Cornus mas – Cornelian Cherry
Acer campestre – Hedge Maple