Fast Growing Thorny Shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by CHRISW6760
August 12, 1998
I'm looking for a fast growing shrub to use as a natural fence. I'm in zone 5, and the site is in shade to sun depending on the part of the lot line. Shrub must have thorns to keep people out. Soil is fair to good.

Answer from NGA
August 12, 1998
To quote the New York Botanical Garden Illustrated Encyclopedia of Horticulture on the barberry: "all except the lowest growing form barriers unbroachable with impunity." I think it fills the bill! Barberries come in many wonderful forms, leaf shape and color, are hardy all around, and all are adorned with thorns. Look for barberry at local nurseries this fall. Also, consider Rugosa rose and hollies. You could make quite a nice, diverse fence with those three!

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