Will Pyracantha work for me? - Knowledgebase Question

Graham, WA
Question by hughtuza
September 9, 2006
I'm wondering if YUKON BELLE? PYRACANTHA Pyracantha, angustifolia 'Monon'will grow well in the Tacoma area here in Washington state where full sun is usually missing for about 7 months out of the year due to RAIN!!!

I have a property line that borders a chicken ranch next door that is in need of something to grow along the wire fence that will block the sight, the odor (especially in late spring and summer...pee-whew)and dust. There are a few Cedar and firs in the area that creates some shade.

My neighbor also has cows that occationally graze in that area. Will they yank it through the fence and chew the plant up?

Do you have any other plant suggestions, estimated quantity and cost for a fence line that is about 200' long.

Answer from NGA
September 9, 2006


Pyracantha is iffy in Washington, but Cotoneaster will grow well in full sunshine. You might also consider Escallonia, which is a fast-growing evergreen with summer flowers. Whatever you decide to plant, keep it at least 3' away from the fence. By the time it grows to the fence line the plants will be established enough to tolerate some grazing.

Cotoneaster grows 8-12' tall and wide so you'll want at least 20 plants for your 200' fence line to provide a thick privacy screen. Escallonia grows about 6' tall and wide so you'll need about 30 plants.

Best wishes with your new shrubs.

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