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Question: I am wondering the growth rate for sweet broom shrubs. also would like to know what you suggest for a fast growing hedge shrub to use as privacy instead of building a fence. I was told the pink princess grows only 6 to 12 inches a year which is a little slower than I anticipated. Thanks, James

Answer: In terms of plant growth, 6-12 inches a year is relatively fast. The only way to get a hedge faster is to purchase larger plants. Choose 5 or 10 gallon sizes and you'll have an almost immediate privacy hedge. Pink Princess is a nice hedging plant; sweetbroom grows slower than escallonia. Or, you might consider:

Cherry Laurel (Prunus caroliniana) grows 25-30 ft. high x 18-20 ft. wide-easy -fast growing evergreen with long clusters of small white flowers in early spring. It makes excellent tall, narrow hedge and may be pruned severely.

Pittosporum Pittosporum tobira grows 10-12 ft. x 15-18 ft. -easy culture; fast growing evergreen with fragrant, cream white flowers in late spring. There's also a variegated green/white variety.

Redleaf Photinia Photinia glabra 12-15 ft. x 9 ft. -must have sun -medium-fast growing evergreen with white flower clusters in March-April and bright red-wine new growth when pruned.

Good luck with your landscape!

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