The Q&A Archives: Hedge

Question: I am looking for a hedge/small tree to grow 15-20 feet tall...I am more interested in the hedge idea but a small 20' tree would to well..must be evergreen. What do you suggest ???

Answer: There are so many choices, I barely know where to start! Here are a few of my favorites:
Tecomaria capensisi -A beautiful evergreen woody vine or sprawling shrub. Self-clinging branches can be sheared to a shrub form. Showy trumpet-shaped brilliant orange flowers appear in clusters. Great for seashore locations and accents. It can be trained on a support and used with small shrubs. The brightly colored orange flowers will be an eye-catcher.

Lagerstroemia indica (crape myrtle) Large shrubs or multi-trunk trees with showy display of colorful flower clusters in summer. Prune for next seasons flower production. Brilliant fall color adds seasonal interest.

Viburnum opulus 'Sterile' this shrub is sure to cause a stir with its mass of white 2 to 3-inch snowball blooms. Plant it at the back of the border where it will rise above its companions to show off. It also looks good as the center plant in an island bed in the lawn. Bright green leaves have a purplish-red fall coloring. Spectacular landscape specimen. Bears no fruit.

Vitex agnus-castu -The fragrant six to twelve inches long blooms are backed by fan shaped aromatic gray-green leaves. Broad and spreading crown from a multi trunked form. Beautiful large shrub or tree for the patio area. Plant where the fragrance can be enjoyed. Thrives in heat. Can be a large shrub or small tree.

Rhaphiolepis indica - Popular evergreen shrub covered with generous clusters of stunning flowers in brilliant colors that range from white to almost red. New growth slightly bronzy.

Hope one of these plants appeals to you.

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