The Q&A Archives: fast growing evergreen hedge

Question: I am looking for a shrub which is fast growing and evergreen and can be used as a tall (ideally ~15-20 ft), clean-looking screen/hedge around my property. The location will be very sunny. Somebody suggested Podocarpus henkelii to me. I like the tropical look of it, however, I read somewhere that it is a very slow grower. Could you please tell me how fast Podocarpus henkelii grow? Also, are there any other good options for my purpose? Thank you very much!

Answer: Podocarpus will work but it is not the fastest growing evergreen around. The most popular choices for narrow-leaf evergreen hedges in your region are arborvitae, hemlock, pine, spruce and yew. Many people choose Dark American Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ?Nigra?) as their favorite for sunny areas. For a very narrow hedge, Vertical Yew (Taxus media ?Vertical Selection?) is one of the best choices because it can be maintained as narrow as 18 inches wide and will grow in partial shade. Broadleaf evergreens such as boxwood, holly and bougainvillea give a different effect. And, not much can compare to a ?Blue Princess? Holly hedge for creating a dense barrier with glossy dark green leaves all year, and red berries in winter. Best wishes with your landscape.

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