Return to the California Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Need help selecting suitable shrub/tree to create a windbreak

Posted by anav zone 9b (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 21, 13 at 19:19

Looking to grow a 20 foot tall hedge on our side yard for wind protection. The side yard is about 19'wide and 46' length and we would plant along a wooden fence in an L shape. Would like something that will not grow too wide, easy maintenance, evergreen, fast grower to reach the 20' height, dense foliage, not encourage too much wildlife, not cause root damage to side yard patio. We like a neat look, so won't mind something that can be pruned to a traditional hedge. We have narrowed our choices down to Thuja Greem Giant, Italian Cypress, Piitosporum Tenufolium Nigra or Podocarpus Graciliar.
Please help me select either from these or recommend any others that you think may be a better choice.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Need help selecting suitable shrub/tree to create a windbreak

Both Rhamnus alaternus and Prunus lusitanica have glossy green foliage and can be pruned/sheared to keep them more formal. Depends whether you want a broadleaf or needle - if your architecture is Mediterranean the cypress would work well but often look out of place with other styles. There are a bunch of Pittosporum that can be clipped.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the California Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here