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Need 8 ft. shade privacy hedge. Ideas?

Posted by maya z9 CA (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 8, 10 at 23:30

I have oleander growing all along the side fence of my backyard. It has recently gotten the disease that has killed off most of the oleander in our area. It is still in o.k. shape for now, but we need to replace it with something that will grow to about 8 feet and we would like to interplant it with the exsisting oleander untill it is large enough to block the view of my neighbors yard. The nursery salesman suggested wax leaf privet, but as we need coverage for 72 feet the price would be a bit steep planted at 4 feet apart. Do you think putting up trellises and planting honeysuckle would work with the oleander still there? Any ideas would be appreciated. Thank you.

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RE: Need 8 ft. shade privacy hedge. Ideas?

As a gardener with several Oleander plants, I was surprised to learn that a fatal disease, OLS, is infecting plants in AZ & So. CA. The plants are so toxic, that I never considered any insect would be interested!
The suspected vector, the Glassy-winged sharpshooter, a leafhopper, is native to the SEUS and probably transmits other diseases in this area, but not OLS, so far!
Are you removing and destroying the plants, as soon as the disease is recognized?

Unless you have a source of cheap materials, wouldn't erecting trellises + plant material, be as expensive as planting shrubs?

Sorry, but I wouldn't recommend Wax=leaf Ligustrum or Honeysuckle, as both are invasive pests in this area and I spend many hours each year removing seedlings from the garden.
Why not a combination of plantings?
Some narrow trellises, 4-6' wide x 8' high. I would recommend an evergreen, woody vine, that I use and like very much: Trachleospermum jasminoides, known in the South as Confederate Jasmine and used as a groundcover or a climbing vine on trellises, arbors and pergolas. Blooms in early springtime here and is very pleasantly aromatic.
I acquired an attractive variegated leaf form last year and am testing it for hardiness in my Zone.

Some shrubs that I use for shielding the off-premise Uglies, are Camellia japonica & C. sasanqua, Pieris japonica (green and variegated foliage types), Aucuba japonica (Variegated Gold-Dust plant), Mahonia bealei & aquifolia, Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Variegata' & 'Goshiki' (both very slow growing), evergreen Rhododendron, native & Japanese Hollies (Ilex species & cultivars), Callistemon sp., Illicium floridanum & I. parviflorum.

To hide "bare legs", in cases where necessary, I have used Indian Hawthorn, Dwarf Loropetalum, 'Otto Luyken' Laurel, evergreen Azaleas, Carex and other evergreen perennials, plus dwarf varieties of Chamaecyparis pisifera and Yew.

Since there is concern about the disease affecting economic crops there, maybe there will be a cure for it in the near future. Let's hope so!

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