Privacy hedges

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by vipermanz, Jan 18, 2002.

  1. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    does anyone here have any suggestions on a 7-8' privacy hedge?
     
  2. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
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    7' Wood fence
     
  3. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Photinia Fraseri, or some form of Ilex.
     
  4. SouthernGardening

    SouthernGardening LawnSite Member
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    Photinia can get a lot of fungus diseases. How about Nandina? It gets 6-8 ft tall. Also some of the hollies might work well. Or Osmanthus.
     
  5. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    alright , i've done my research and really like the osmanthus and some hollies, but about the hollies, i think i read something about cats, hollies, and poison. any light on that?:)
     
  6. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Can't say that my holly hedges have had any adverse effects on the stray cat population in the neighborhood. Darn!
     
  7. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    that's good to know, i would put a fence but i thought a hedge would be a good wind screen.:)
     
  8. SouthernGardening

    SouthernGardening LawnSite Member
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    Hollies aren't poisonous as far as I can tell. With the exception of Ilex vomitoria which will give you a severe bellyache.Check out this web site thttp://cal.nbc.upenn.edu/poison/default1.htmhttp://cal.nbc.upenn.edu/poison/default1.htm
     
  9. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    I like the idea of Photinea Fraseri. They make a great screen. Thick too! Those are probably THE most common screening shrub around these parts. They work very well as long as they get decent sun.

    Another very good option is English Laurel. They will make a great screen and are every bit as thick as Photinea are. The only reason Photinea are better is because they have the red and green colors, whereas Laurels are just plain green.

    Nandina shouldn't be used as a screening shrub. And I've never seen Holly used as such either.

    Another common one is Arborvitae.

    All of these options are quick growers and need to be trimmed a few times per year.
     
  10. SouthernGardening

    SouthernGardening LawnSite Member
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    Jim- Why would you not use Nandina? Is it not well adapted to Oregon? (I didn't see much of it when we visited last August) It should do OK in AL. It grows really well here in NC and has a cast iron constitution. We use some of the small leafed hollies here for hedges also, but I find them boring.
     

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