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Interesting vine for Southern California?

Posted by ElGrecus California (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 18, 13 at 1:59

We are wanting to plant vines along the fences in our side yards. We are hoping to cover the CMU block fences with something fragrant and evergreen that will cover the 5-6 foot tall fences and hopefully even extend a few feet or more higher. If it can produce fruit, either for us to eat or the neighborhood birds, that would be great. We are located in coastal Los Angeles (Culver City) and the side yards get partial sun. Are there any unusual or interesting vines that will work for us? Or, some more common ones might work as well. Thanks in advance for any help.

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RE: Interesting vine for Southern California?

Just visiting over here! The biggest problem with vines and this fence material is support. Vines that would adhere like English ivy and Ficus repens, are aggressive and a huge mistake. Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) is manageable.

So it boils down to adding support for the twinning types, such as trellises. I tried attaching chicken wire with concrete nails for clematis - worked great until pruning time!

You might looks at sub-shrubs that accept espaliering. Wire guides can be attached to concrete nails.

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