Good Hedge/Screen - fast growing but can take pruning to 6' - Knowledgebase Question

Wenatchee, WA
Question by euphonium51
March 14, 2006
My local Nursery tells me my zone is about a 4 1/2 and is recommending either using blue boy holly or hicks yew for my hedge/screening needs (I have cars that drive by about 10 feet from my window). The yew sounds nice but it says it's slow growing and wonder how slow is slow. The holly pictures do not show arranged as a hedge and it does not appear as dense. Can the holly take a lot of pruning and shaping? Would actually like to use something more flowery like a vibernum burkwoodi but unfortunately most of the plants I really like our deciduous and I need some screening in the winter as well.

Any recommendations?

Thanks,
Joanne


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Answer from NGA
March 14, 2006

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The fastest growing shrubs I can think of for your gardening region include: Chokeberry - Black (Aronia melanocarpa);
Mature Height : 3-6 feet
Mature Spread : 3-6 feet
Mature Form : Oval
Growth Rate : fast
Sun Exposure : Full Sun - Full Shade
Soil Moisture : Widely adaptable
Soil Type : Widely adaptable
Flower Color : White
Foliage Color : Green
Fall Color : Orange to purple

Elderberry - American (Sambucus canadensis);
Mature Height : 8-12 feet
Mature Spread : 8-12 feet
Mature Form : Rounded
Growth Rate : fast
Sun Exposure : Full Sun
Soil Moisture : Widely adaptable
Soil Type : Widely adaptable
Flower Color : White
Foliage Color : Green
Fall Color : Yellow green
Zones : 4 - 9

Mock Orange-MN Snowflake (Philadelphus x virginalis);
Mature Height : 5-8 feet
Mature Spread : 5-8 feet
Mature Form : Upright
Growth Rate : Medium
Sun Exposure : Full Sun - Partial Sun
Soil Moisture : Widely adaptable
Soil Type : Widely adaptable
Flower Color : White fragrant
Foliage Color : Green
Fall Color : Yellow green
Zones : 5 - 8

Privet - Cheyenne (Ligustrum vulgare 'Cheyenne');
Mature Height : 6-8 feet
Mature Spread : 4-6 feet
Mature Form : upright
Growth Rate : fast
Sun Exposure : Full Sun - Partial Sun
Soil Moisture : Widely adaptable
Soil Type : widely adaptable
Flower Color : white
Foliage Color : gloss, deep green
Fall Color : insignificant
Zones : 4 - 8

Hope one of these suggestions is just right for your landscape.

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