The Q&A Archives: Alternative to English Laurel

Questioner's Location: Forest Grove, or
Date: October 7, 2005

Question: I was planning to planting about 15 English Laurels in my back yard but just found out they are toxic if swallowed. I have 3 small children so I don't want to take the chance. I need a hedge type plant that grows 8 feet or taller, is an evergreen and will grow fast. Any suggestions?

Answer: Red tipped photinia makes a nice evergreen hedge; Pieris is another suggestion, as is Viburnum. Best wishes with your landscape!

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