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Houston, TX
Sep 21, 2017 7:41 AM CST
I'm looking for a plant of virtually any type that grows to 8-10 feet in height, is fairly dense and, if possible, aesthetically pleasing (flowering or evergreen etc). I live in zone 9 and the plant is going to be used as a privacy hedge or screen planted alongside a sidewalk so it should tolerate being trimmed regularly.
Name: Deb
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Sep 21, 2017 8:26 AM CST
Wax myrtle is native to your area, evergreen, grows to 20', suitable for a hedge, spicy flowers followed by berries.

Wax myrtle (Morella cerifera)

Texas olive is another native - fast growing to 15' evergreen, white flowers, purple fruit, wants to be a multi-stem tree/shrub so might work well as a hedge.

Texas wild olive (Cordia boissieri)

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Sep 21, 2017 8:36 AM CST
Crepe myrtle would be another good choice. They can be shaped to be a tree, but also can be kept lower and grow as a large shrub, as you describe. They're not evergreen, though. Lose their leaves in the winter.

Sweet viburnum is another nice large shrub that is used widely here in Florida as a hedge. Nice, shiny evergreen leaves.

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