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Old 03-16-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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We need a privacy hedge that is not a ficus. It's needs to be dense, fast growing and tolerant. I have some podocarpus, but not sure this will be the answer for a 15 foot privacy fence. Then I saw leland cypress and not sure if that isn't overkill. Any suggestions?

I appreciate your feedback. Thanks
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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I wonder if a bunch of arborviate plants planted in a row would do it.

According to this article, it is doable.

"Emerald Green" Arborvitae Trees Make Great Hedges!
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:33 PM
 
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It sounded so promising ruski, but it is only for zones 2-7 and we are in zones 10-11. ... Many thanks, though.
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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I had a row of beautiful arborvitae plants growing in front of my house in Savanna. It took 3-4 years for them to grow up to 5 feet. I always wished I had planted them around my fence instead of the pain-in-the-butt ficus bushes when we had our pool built. I don't see why they wouldn't have grown as a hedge.
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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I had two kinds to be exact. The darker ones didn't grow much. But the lighter green ones (with a yellowish tint) grew big.
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:49 PM
 
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We need a privacy hedge that is not a ficus. It's needs to be dense, fast growing and tolerant. I have some podocarpus, but not sure this will be the answer for a 15 foot privacy fence. Then I saw leland cypress and not sure if that isn't overkill. Any suggestions?

I appreciate your feedback. Thanks
I would avoid the Leyland Cypress, unless you don’t mind giving up your garden.

They grow three to four feet a year, plus, looking at where you are, do you have high winds often? If you do, give up on them, they get flattened by hurricanes really easily, and squash whatever they land on.

I’m also not sure that the climate, overall, is right for them.
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Try some of these.

Best of Five Hedge Plants

Also if you wanted to build a structure, a passion plant or jasmine... There is another I'm not thinking of which has clusters of red flowers that hang and are amazingly fragrant.

The Trumpet plants could grow thick enough too.
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:09 PM
 
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Shrubs - one of my specialties. Cocoplum is very popular for a classic looking hedge. The closer you plant them together, the faster they'll fill in. Areca palms, purchased large enough, can give you instant privacy (but the taller and bigger the container they come in, the more expensive). Other choices are viburnum, trinettes, ixora, and schefflera. All are drought & cold tolerant and fairly bug & disease resistant (ixora a little less so).

Just read the link above - Firebush is another one I've had great luck with, especially in shade.

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Old 03-17-2011, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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Try some of these.

Best of Five Hedge Plants

Also if you wanted to build a structure, a passion plant or jasmine... There is another I'm not thinking of which has clusters of red flowers that hang and are amazingly fragrant.

The Trumpet plants could grow thick enough too.
There is also a jasmine known as "frost proof gardenia". It has a gardenia smell and can grow pretty thick.

I got some form these guys in the past
Brighter Blooms Nursery | Buy Shrubs Online | Read Reviews
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Thanks a bunch fauve and ruski -- I am really looking forward to my gardening project while the weather is the way it is now -- it has been so beautiful of late. I will send before and after photos once I decide on the above list.

Thanks also to beclazone -- I had a feeling that leyland cypress would be more in keeping if I had some acreage.

AONE - also thanks - I think a trumpet plant would look great in my yard -- I've been thing about that for some years.
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