The Q&A Archives: Shrub Growth

Question: Which is the quickest growing shrub that would form into a nice looking hedge? Or what type of plant food could I use to help it grow quicker?

Thank you!

Answer: There are several fast growing shrubs for you to choose from. I use Escallonia, Photinia, and Viburnum as privacy hedges in my Seattle garden. You might also like Cotoneaster salicifoluis, an evergreen which grows 8-12 feet tall. These shrubs thrive in full sun and well-drained, slightly alkaline soil and has a fast to moderate growth habit. Euonymus is another popular evergreen screening shrub. E.japonica grows 10-15 feet high and wide. 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.

Once your new hedging plants are installed you can feed with a time-release fertilizer (in amounts as suggested on the label). An all-purpose 10-10-10 is a good choice for general landscape use.
Hope one of these suggestions is just right for your landscape.

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