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Question: I live in Riverside CA where it is very hot in the summer. What kind of privacy hedge can I plant that is drought tolerant, will grow to about 6-8 feet, and will form a solid hedge? It would be nice if it was reasonably quick growing as well. Flowers?
Not messy? Thanks for your help.

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, depending upon variety. 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. Although these choices can all exceed 6-8' in height, they can all be pruned to maintain a specific height.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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