The road is scheduled to be widened in front of a 20 acre parcel I'm
developing. I'd like to plant a natural thorny barrier that would be
nicer looking than a fence and could stop a car. Any ideas for shrubs
or small fast-growing trees that would make a good security hedgerow
in Central Florida? Preferably something without a lot of messy fruit,
I don't know about stopping a car, but barberry will put most people or
animals in a world of hurt, or maybe the emergency room. You'll need heavy
duty clothing and leather gloves to trim them once or twice a year.
I'm thinking a shrub rose would work and the suckering canes migh
possibly hold back a car if it wasn't going to fast. Look for one tha
reblooms for a long season of interest and that is tall or medium tall
The old fashioned ones are more carefree and disease and pes
resistant. I'm thinking that your site is full sun. You will need t
know your plant hardiness zone, which I suspect is 9. Here's a zi
code zone finder.
Here's some ideas.
Also think about China roses. They rebloom (remondant) and ar
carefree. Some that should fit your needs are Old Blush, Archduk
Charles and Cramoisi Superieur.
MACLURA POMIFERA, aka Osage-orange, also called Hedge-apple and "bois
This shrub was the original 'barbed wire fence'. In old vernacular, a good
Osage Orange hedgerow was 'horse-high, bull-strong, and hog-tight'. Quite
literally a properly grown Osage barrier could stop fenced in livestock.
Yes, the females do produce those bizarre softball sized fruits, however
they're prized by various wildlife and humans have uses for them as well.
David J. Bockman, Fairfax, VA (USDA Hardiness Zone 7)
Talk about timing! Not a month after I posted that question about
car-stopping hedgerows, did a car come crashing through my hedges at my
northern CA home. The intoxicated driver was being chased by the police
when he decided to turn onto my front lawn.
In this photo, the car on the left is sitting in the middle of my lawn,
after going through some shrubs planted in the corner of the property.
He came to rest at a birch tree:
(Here he is after backing up a foot or so. You can see the plate got
bent when he hit the tree.)
About 18" of bark, 50% around the poor tree got dislodgled:
Anyway, we're going to try to plant something with more car-stopping
power in the corner here (though it was probably a freak accident
because this is a quiet, residential street in a very safe community.
And maybe we'll help the bushes out with an iron post or concrete
barrier, hidden inside the plantings.
The arborist said my tree may not make it. It'll take a year or so to
know for sure...
You should be cautious about putting a steel post in the middle of your
plantings. It is my understanding that you could be liable for injuries
resulting from a collision with the post. You should try to collect on
the damage to your vegetation and use the money to hire a landscape
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