Windbreaks - Knowledgebase Question

San Anselmo, Ca
Question by sylvia64
December 14, 2005
Which are the best plants for a windbreak, Zone 14,15 and 16


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Answer from NGA
December 14, 2005

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Three row plantings are the most effective. The first row (facing the wind) should be dense evergreen shrub, the second row a tall evergreen tree, and the third row a medium height tree. Recommended shrub choices include wax myrtle, Chinese holly, Chinese photenia, or California privet, planted 6 feet apart. Tall evergreen second row tree choices include loblolly pine and longleaf pine, planted eight feet apart. Medium height evergreen tree choices would include Southern magnolia, redcedar, Virginia pine, and Leland cypress, planted eight feet apart. Rows should be ten feet apart with trees and shrubs staggered with rows.

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