2 hedge recommendations; tallest ever and salt resistant

Han123(5a)August 5, 2013


I would like to plant two privacy hedges in Zone 5a/5b. I have been reading articles, but not finding many Canadian ones, and I would like to use native plants if possible. I am getting confused and would appreciate help from anyone who has experience in this.

Like everyone else fast growing is a major plus, but I have not height restrictions to put limitation on possibilities. I have tried to list requirements of each hedge below.

Hedge 1.
Fast growing (obviously - lol. :) )
Salt tolerant (next to main highway)
Full sun, wind exposure
Deer resilient
15 - 40 ft height
No width barrier. (Min 100 ft to closest building)
Length: 800 ft

Hedge 2.
Super fast growing (thinking Jack and the Beanstalk fast - haha)
Full sun, some wind exposure
Deer resilient
Horse friendly (neighbour has horse farm)
NO max height. 50ft plus would be great, 100ft ideal!!!!
No width barrier. (Min 100 ft to closest building)
Length: 1,400 ft

Thanks for taking the time to read this.


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What you have described is a shelterbelt, not a hedge.

For a screening evergreen that is salt & deer resistant, you'll probably want to plant Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) or Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana). Either one only needs to be on the road side of the shelter belt. On the other side, you could mix it up with other spruce (White and/or Norway), Douglas Fir, or White Fir.

For the other shelterbelt, you could use Blue Spruce, White Spruce, Norway Spruce, Douglas Fir, and White Fir for a start.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 10:05PM
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Thanks Smivies.
I have never heard of the term ShelterBelt, the name says it all - lol.

I will look at following your suggestion for the ShelterBelt, and maybe plant a hedge infrequent that will grow quick for initial screening from the road. My friends 2 km down the road have a great 12 ft tall one, but neither of us know what it is!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 9:16PM
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