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Portland, Oregon
Aug 9, 2017 7:25 PM CST
I am designing a hedge to go along my fence line which is along a busy street. My fence is about 76 feet long and is about 3 feet wide between the fence and the sidewalk of the area I want to put the hedge. I am have an idea for the hedge but don't know if it will work or look good. The three plants I have chosen are Western hemlock ( to be planted in front of each post of the fence), Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) and Waxleaf Privet to go between the hemlocks.
The area would be shaded in the morning by the fence and then get full sun from about noon on. It is on a slight sloop from the fence to the retaining wall at the sidewalk. The retaining wall is about 3 feet tall. The soil is a little rocking. There use to be arborvitae planted in the area before the city dug them up to put in the sidewalk.

Any suggests or advice would be greatly apprenticed.

Name: Daisy I
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Aug 10, 2017 3:29 PM CST

Can you post some photos? Is the hedge going in the 3 ft. between the sidewalk and fence? Three feet is not very wide - your plants will have to be pruned. Choose plants that will look okay with one side cut off (like the privet).
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Aug 10, 2017 4:27 PM CST
Hi NW_Neebie!
I can tell you the negatives about Wax Leaf Privet. The flowers do not smell good, and that is about the best. The purple berries get everywhere. The birds poop purple on everything, That could be okay, if they never fly over your car or outside areas. But the absolute worst is those thousands of berries whether in bird poop or not become little seedlings to pull out of your entire yard. That is just with the neighbor having one. They went and planted 3 more from seedlings. D'Oh!
And I detest being negative, but you may want to rethink that one.

Many blessings for a successful project!

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Aug 10, 2017 5:04 PM CST
The burning bushes will also quickly get much larger than 3 feet wide.
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Name: greene
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Aug 10, 2017 5:40 PM CST
If the fence will shade the plants, the fence must be someone solid and will provide privacy. What is the purpose of the hedge? Is it to add more height or to deaden the noises from the street?

The plants you were considering will outgrow the space and will become a maintenance issue.

One plant that has a tall, narrow growth habit is Japanese Holly/Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'.

Portland is one of those cities that have tons of rules about what you can/cannot plant; maybe ask some advice from the city before they come and tell you that you selected the wrong plants. Shrug!
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