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Privacy Hedge- tall order

Posted by melinla zone 9 (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 21, 10 at 0:33

Hi all,

I think I may have a tall order to fill with our needs in a privacy hedge... I need help!

Need hedge to be about 15-20 feet minimum to block out neighbors and phone pole/lines. (nixes Privet)

Because it'll be next to a fence and our yard isn't large, taller is better than wider. (Leyland Cypress and Willow Hybrid may get too wide- 3' wide or less is what I am hoping for)

Can't have berries or drop extensive leaves since it'll be near a pool. (nixes American Holly)

Also since it'll be near a pool, the root system can't be incredibly invasive or wide spread.

I had originally been thinking about non-spreading bamboo, but we have a mosquito problem already. I've read that bamboo are especially kind to mosquitoes' breeding.

And did I mention that we are in zone 9 (LA) with heavy clay soil?

Thank you!

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RE: Privacy Hedge- tall order

I have grown Rhus integrifolia to make a screen of that size. As it is a native it does quite well for us without summer water, once established. You will need to do some pruning to keep as narrow as you desire, but it will tolerate it well. No surface rooting has been noticed, possibly because with no summer water, it develops a deeper root system. Soil here is heavy clay. Excess litter has not been noticed, and no pest problems. Al

RE: Privacy Hedge- tall order

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Sun, Mar 21, 10 at 14:26

Just 3' wide and 15-20' tall. Whew. 'Swanes Golden' Italian Cypress (smaller than the species). 'Skyrocket' Juniper.

RE: Privacy Hedge- tall order

Bamboo. I have not noticed any increase in mosquito populations from bamboo. How would the mosquitos breed without standing water?

RE: Privacy Hedge- tall order

Don't do Leland cypress. Even if they don't get too wide, they tend to fall over during winter storms. Especially in heavy clay. When I was a kid, my parents lost half a dozen of them during windstorms.

RE: Privacy Hedge- tall order

  • Posted by bahia SF Bay Area (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 22, 10 at 12:03

Clumping bamboos will certainly work, and won't be a problem with mosquitoes; but all bamboos are constantly dropping leaves, so aren't all that clean. Podocarpus gracilior is one to consider, but when mature it does have fruit. An espaliered hedge of Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' or 'St. Mary' is also a good choice. Although this one has litter, the larger sized leaves and petals are actually easier to scoop out of a pool than smaller leaves. Does your pool have an automatic pool cover? Something to consider adding if it is a simple rectangle, and will broaden your choices. You might also consider adding a wire mesh fence to the height you need, and growing a fast growing/densely evergreen vine such as Ficus repens, Tecomaria capensis or another espaliered shrub such as Grewia capensis.

RE: Privacy Hedge- tall order

Although originally I also thought a fence with climbers would be nice, better check your zoning, because very few cities allow any type of fence/fencing over 6 feet high.

Carla in Sac

RE: Privacy Hedge- tall order

How about a Yaupon? "Will Fleming" comes to mind; this worked for me.

RE: Privacy Hedge- tall order

Thank you! Great suggestions!

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