Plants For Hedges - Knowledgebase Question

Carlsbad,, CA
Question by Lab51
December 14, 1999
I would like to know which trees or hedges are suitable to provide a privacy hedge between properties and conform to the following characteristics:---should grow to no more or less than about 10 feet tall when mature and when planted close enough together block the view to our property. (These are to replace mature Italian cypress which are diseased and must be cut down.)---should be suitable for coastal San Diego climate---be drought-tolerant, disease resistant, have non-invasive roots, easy maintenance, and not drop messy leaves. It would also be desirable if the trees or shrubs had attractive flowers. Does anything meeting all these criteria exist?

Answer from NGA
December 14, 1999


You have some pretty exacting criteria, but there are a number of plants that can be used in the situation you describe. Since easy maintenance is a high priority with you, why not consider native plants such as Manzanita (Arctostaphylos 'Woods Compact'), Myrica californica (Pacific Wax Myrtle), Philadelphus lewisi (Mock Orange), Symphoricarpos albus (Snowberry), Rhamnus californica (Coffeeberry), or Ceanothus (wild lilac).

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