The Q&A Archives: Fast Growing Privacy Screen/hedge

Question: I would like to grow a hedge for privacy between our backyard and the neighbors. Any recomendations for a fast growing attractive evergreen plant that I can form a hedge with? I would like to keep the hedge at about 8 to 15 feet high, and not too wide as horizontal space is fairly limited.

Thank you,

Karen Henderson

Answer: There are a few choices that might be good in your particular area of need! I'll list them in alphabetical order.

Cotoneaster is a deciduous or evergreen shrub. C.salicifoluis is evergreen and grows 8-12 feet tall with white flowers and deep red fruit. These shrubs thrive in full sun and well-drained, slightly alkaline soil. Spring planting is best. Its growth rate is moderate to fast.

Euonymus is a popular evergreen or deciduous shrub. E.japonica is an evergreen hedge plant growing 10-15 feet. These shrubs have flowers in the spring and bright seeded berries that ripen from July to frost. It's growth rate is moderate.

Juniper is an evergreen belonging to the Pine family. They are excellent choices for hedges and windbreaks. Common juniper(J.communis) grows to 12 feet and sometimes a good deal higher. It has needlelike leaves and black fruit. It's growth rate is moderate to fast.

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