The Q&A Archives: Dwarf Burning Bush, Privet and Rosa Rugosa in winter

Question: Page 109 of your 1997 catalogue lists 3 kinds of hedges. I'd like to know what happens to each hedge during the winter months (color change, does it still provide privacy, etc.)? Ann Bischoff Wilmington, DE

Answer: All three...Dwarf Burning Bush, Privet and Rosa Rugosa, are deciduous (lose their leaves in the fall) so they don't screen as much in the winter as they do in the summer when leaves are present. The color of the woody stems does not change during the winter months. The Burning bush and the Rosa rugosa have fruits that are red. Birds will eat the fruit (berry) of the Burning bush while the fruits (hips) of the Rosa rugosa remain on the bush. The fruits (berry) of the Privet are small and black.

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