The Q&A Archives: evergreen privacy hedge that does not attract bees ?

Question: We would like to plant a hedge for privacy along a 35 foot long fence to grow approximately 8-10 ft.tall and maintain about 3-4 ft.wide that doesn't attract BEES !!! We are looking for an evergreen with different shades of green foilage that does not flower and does not have berries (or atleast inconspicuous).We recently ripped out our privets because we hope to find a hedge that we don't have to trim the flowers to avoid bees. Even after trimming the bees still came. Can you recommend some choices? Is xylosma a good choice ? We live in Central California. - thank you...

Answer: A really good selection that meets your criteria is Thuja (American Arborvitae). The cultivar 'Pyramidalis' grows tall and narrow (2-3' at maturity). It does not flower, nor does it attract bees. Planted on 3' centers, it will grow together and provide a nice evergreen privacy hedge.

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