I need about 300' of some sort of privacy hedge. it needs to be at least 8' tall and able to grow in part shade area. Of course id like it to be fast growing so i dont have to see the neighbors nasty trash pile any more. I was thinking about Osage orange but will it grow in the shade? also looking at some hybrid poplars. But of course id like to keep it permie too. any suggestions?
will you be able to control the spread of the hedge from root sprouts, etc.; such as by mowing along it? If so I would consider any one of the classical evergreen shrubs now so soundly cursed as invasives in the South....many of which were originally introduced as hedges. Used as such, and regularly clipped, will reduce their invasive potential. The privets (including the larger-leaved varieties commonly called by the Latin name of the entire genus...Ligustrum), eleagnus, photinia ("red tip"), the shrubbier hollies (which have the advantage of being prickly), come first to mind but I'm sure there are others. All are easy to propagate by seeds or cuttings, vigorous, and able to grow in sun to nearly full shade. If you want to stick with natives, the challenge will be to find something evergreen since you will want that screen year round. The hollies, red cedar, and perhaps rhododendron (especially if you are in the mountains) should work, and both respond well to regular pruning for density.
Alder Burns (adiantum)
Location: pleasant garden, nc (zone 7A)
posted 6 years ago
Thanks. Yeah I will be able to mow right along the line. I was thinking holly plants too.