Trees/Hedges for noise reduction - Knowledgebase Question

Huntington Beach, Ca
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Question by jkamphuis
November 22, 2009
I live behind a busy street. There is a 6 ft wall about 20 feet from the house. What can I plant to reduce noise but not take up too much space? No Cypress please

Answer from NGA
November 22, 2009
There are a number of shrubs to meet your needs - for sunny spots, choose Photinia fraseri, Elaeagnus (silverberry), or Dodonaea 'Purpurea' (purple hop bush). For partly sunny conditions, Escallonia, Rhamnus 'Columnaris' (tallhedge buckthorn), Osmanthus heterophyllus (holly leaf osmanthus), or Thuja occidentalis 'Fastigiata'. These shrubs are used quite often as hedging material; all take well to pruning if it's a neat, well-maintained look you're after, and all produce seasonal flowers for added interest. Good luck with your new hedge!

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