privacy screen

rebecca8April 15, 2007

I'd like to plant a visual and sound screen on my property on the East side of the Big Island. Elevation is 700'. It also needs to act as a wall to keep people off of the property. People have suggested Podocarpus and bamboo. Of those two, which grows faster and would be better for my needs?

Any other suggestions? Thanks!

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pahoajane

Rebecca,

Podocarpus would grow fastest, and be more controllable than bamboo. Even clumping bamboo can be pesky to control!

Another alternative would be one of the acalyphas, like Louisiana Red, that makes a large shrub with great color!

jane

    Bookmark   April 22, 2007 at 3:34PM
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johndp8888(Oahu, Hawaii)

Variegated Hau is also a good choice for this purpose. It is fast growing, colorful, fills in fast and can be seen at several locations.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2007 at 12:01PM
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hotzcatz(Hamakua, Hawaii)

If you want to keep people out, bouganvilla makes a beautiful yet thorny hedge. With water and sun, it grows pretty fast and isn't fussy about it's soil at all. You can also start it from clippings and there's loads of other bouganvilla hedges to get clippings from.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2007 at 5:36AM
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