HEDGES - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by vcaves
November 27, 2010
LOOKING FOR LOW MAINTENANCE ALTERNATIVE FOR PRIVACY HEDGES. FROM 4 TO 6 FEET TALL. ANYTHING?


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Answer from NGA
November 27, 2010

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There are a few shrubs you might consider growing: Chenille plant (Acalypha hispida) grwos 6-12 tall in full sun or partial shade. It's a medium to large shrub with large, oval, evergreen leaves. Separate male and female plants. Females have long, velvety clusters of purple, bright red, or crimson flowers resembling fluffy cattail. Copperleaf (Acalypha wilkesiana) grow 8-12 feet in full sun or partial shade. It has purple/red, green and pink foliage. Bush allamanda (Allamanda neriifolia) grow 3-5 tall in full sun to partial shade. It has colorful, bright yellow, trumpet flowers. Glossy leaves in whorls of 3-6 on smooth stems. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.

Shell ginger (Alpinia zerumbet) grows 6-8 feet in full sun to partial shade. The tall stems are topped with drooping inflorescences bearing white, pink, red, and yellow, shell-shaped flowers. Forms dense clumps. Green and variegated forms. Best growth in moist soil, but can tolerate drought. Marlberry (Ardisia escallonioides) can grow 5-10 feet tall in partial shade. It is a native plant with attractive foliage and berries. Can be used as small specimen tree or barrier shrub. Attracts birds. West Indian sea lavender (Argusia gnaphalodes) grow 4-6 feet in full sun. It is a rounded shrub with fine, grayish-green leaves and small white flowers. Also known as Mallotonia gnaphalodes.

Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) grow 6-8 feet in full sun to partial shade. This is a native shrub with long-lasting purple berries which are quite attractive, and provide a good food source for birds.


Hope you find just the right shrub for your low maintenance hedge.

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