Im looking for a few good species to make a hedge on my northern property line. Id like them to be thick enough to keep dogs out and chickens in. They will be planted on the north side of fruittrees and so will receive some shade. Also Im in town so I need something that doesnt sucker too profusely into the neighbors yard. I have red twigged dogwoods on the east property line and they are perfect but I want some different plants here. Any suggestions? Right now thinking maybe elderberry and hazelnut.
I think those sound good, although I would mix in a bit of raspberry with them. I haven't had any suckering with my black jewel raspberries, (but I've only had them for 2 years, so I can't say that this will always be the case) many people complain that raspberries sucker. With raspberries you would also have a few spines to keep animals in. My black jewels are in quite a bit of shade and produce wonderfully. Elderberries are quite thick, so I think they would make excellent fences, and in my experience they attract a lot of birds. I don't have any idea about hazelnuts as I don't have them yet. I would also try to get a nitrogen fixing plant to start off your other plants, although they generally need full sun, so that might be tough in your situation.
I have a north east facing hedge in the back...
I planted hawthorn, and they are doing well...I am going to see if my hawthorns will like the raspberries next year. They grow quite well in the wild near me where hawthorns grow.
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