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Potlatch Idaho
Jun 18, 2017 11:29 AM CST
Need to grow vines in area to protect other plants that cannot handle strong wind, sun in summer and winter strong wind. Ground has clay but we are adding nutrients to help plants.Also if it grows fast that would be wonderful. Would there need to be trimming any time of the year? Zone: low side 5 high side 6 Potlatch Idaho
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Jun 18, 2017 1:09 PM CST
Hi Beverly and welcome to NGA!

I don't know of any perennial vines for your zones that would be thick enough in winter to do what you are wanting. You best bet are evergreen trees like the Red Cedar, Juniperus virginiana. It's a fast grower and can be pruned and trained into a thick hedge.

Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)

A good annual vine for wind breaking would be one in the gourd family - like Luffa. It has beautiful yellow flowers and grows fast.

Sponge Luffa (Luffa cylindrica)

You can also call your local Extension Office and they will be delighted to help you decide what you need.
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