so all the more reason to use fruit trees, probably semi-dwarf varieties , as standards.
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Cal Burns wrote:
The area I'm looking at right now is to put in a hedge row that roughly parallels the river with the purpose of providing some help with directing flood waters if that should ever happen and provides food for us with the rest for wildlife.
Any plants used would need to be easy to start from cuttings, grow well in full sun/partial shade in zone 8b in the Texas heat, have deep tap roots to break up the limestone. An added plus would be if it has thorny parts and if deer don't care for. Also, feel that the river will eventually have more foot traffic from hikers so want to plant as much as possible to enhance privacy.
Some plants I'm starting to look into include - aronia, jostaberry, goji (as vining filler), rosa rogusa, white mulberry, autumn olive, filbert, guava, plus willow. Would be planting to where each fruit took up about 10' of space along the hedge. Have also heard of people doing this with apples and other traditional fruit trees. Just need to keep cutting limbs and bending to inter-plant. Also below these plants I could inter-plant with blackberries and other plants to fill in holes in the hedge.
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