The Q&A Archives: Suggesting For Hedge Plant Selection

Question: I am planning to replace my current hedge. The space is about 18' x 4'. I need about a 4' height. I am favoring a red or purple color this time. I am trying to choose between the following: Rudy Haag burning bush, Rose glow barberry, angel ring barberry. The climate here is on the dry side, warm from July through October, and rains from late Nov through March. The soil is on the dry side.

What would you recommend? I am open to other suggestions as well.


Answer: Euonymus alatus 'Compactus', the dwarf burning bush, would be a good choice for the site you describe. The mature height is 6'-8' with equal width. While it will grow taller than 4', you can keep the plants lower with annual pruning. It's adaptable to most soils and will tolerate drought once established. As an added bonus, the foliage turns an intense scarlet red in the autumn.

Berberis thunbergii 'Rose Glow' is a Japanese Barberry, with attractive red and white mottled foliage. Mature height is 5', which you can control with annual pruning.

'Angel Ring' Barberry produces bright purple leaves which turn red in the autumn. This shrub grows only 3'-4' tall and about 4' wide. It's the smallest of the plants you've mentioned and will fit the site without the requirement of annual pruning.

Hope the above provides you with enough information to make just the right decision for your new hedge!

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