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I needs some suggestions for plants that would make a good hedge. I want it to be dense and evergreen. I would like it to grow to around 10 ft tall. Relatively fast growing and hardy would be good. Something that will grow wide would be good too because I need to span two big stumps that I recently had ground. It would also allow me to buy bigger but fewer shrubs. This would be for NC in clay soil. Some of you yard people help point me in the right direction.
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Arborvitae are neat, maintenance free. You can get them that grow to different heights
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Not sure about the clay part but Boxwood fits otherwise.
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Green Giant Arborvitae. They grow 3-4 feet a year. They will get about 30 foot tall and 15 feet wide. But, you can keep them trimmed at any size you want.

Or, you can go with Emerald Green Arborvitae. They are slower growing (1-2 feet a year) but a lot more dense, and more pencil shaped. They will get about 4 feet wide and 10-12 feet high.
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As far as your clay soil. Dig the hole twice as big as you think you need, and add peat moss and sand to bulk it out.
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Originally Posted by lugoismad View Post
Green Giant Arborvitae. They grow 3-4 feet a year. They will get about 30 foot tall and 15 feet wide. But, you can keep them trimmed at any size you want.

Or, you can go with Emerald Green Arborvitae. They are slower growing (1-2 feet a year) but a lot more dense, and more pencil shaped. They will get about 4 feet wide and 10-12 feet high.

Green Giant all day long. Once they hit your desired height start pruning. You can keep them were you want them with annual trimming. Just don’t plant too close together or too close to the property line.
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If you are in NC, I would recommend NC State's plant finder. Filter by Landscape, Hedge or Screen/Privacy. Also Cultural Conditions, Clay and NC Region, Piedmont
https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/find_a_p...__id=8&q=hedge

You can also look up what they look like in the JC Raulston Arboretum
https://jcra.ncsu.edu/horticulture/our-plants/index.php

Some off the top of my head.

Thuja 'Green Giant'
Leyland Cypress - issues with canker, less popular nowadays
Viburnum awabuki 'Chindo'
Viburnum lentago
Wax myrtle

various boxwoods (Buxus)

Hollies - 15' to 20' tall, 8 to 10' wide. Not great in clay
'Nellie Stevens', 'Emily Bruner'

Camellias - not very fast growing but great fall blooms
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Will podocarpus last in your climate? Makes a great hedge
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Privet
boxwoods
Barberry. ( reddish, thorny)
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Boxwood. Arborvitae look like garbage IMO as they fill in and die off. Deer also wreck them. Ended up tearing all mine out.

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Chindo Viburnum If you have the room. They built a damn subdivision behind me after 23 years of woods, Chindos made it go away in 3 years. they grow fast and big
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Boxwoods are very slow growing, and expensive. Photinias come immediately to mind based on our experience growing hedges in the South. Next choice would be ficus.
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Originally Posted by lugoismad View Post
Green Giant Arborvitae. They grow 3-4 feet a year. They will get about 30 foot tall and 15 feet wide. But, you can keep them trimmed at any size you want.

Or, you can go with Emerald Green Arborvitae. They are slower growing (1-2 feet a year) but a lot more dense, and more pencil shaped. They will get about 4 feet wide and 10-12 feet high.
I second that recommendation.
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Originally Posted by caltexflanc View Post
Boxwoods are very slow growing, and expensive. Photinias come immediately to mind based on our experience growing hedges in the South. Next choice would be ficus.
depends on the variety but they are expensive. Probably why I only have one as a specimen😀
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Evergreen Viburnums fit your requirements. Several varieties to consider, see whats available locally.
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Sweet Viburnum. Full wall screen in a few years.
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Arborvitae in NC are deer candy.

Nellie Stevens holly and chindo viburnum are good choices and available in large sizes from many nurseries.

might also look at some of the smaller southern magnolias. Not exactly fast growing but you could buy them at 7-8’ tall now and get some immediate impact
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Viburnum !
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Originally Posted by BIRDDOG987 View Post
Viburnum !

Yep, I have 1000 feet of them 14 feet high and 12 feet wide. Cant see a thing through them. They are always green and pretty damn tough. Deer won't touch them.
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I have podocarpus in FL because we're on the water and they are more salt tolerant; otherwise I would have gone with viburnum or cherry laurel.

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