I have been an occasional lurker on this group, but now have a
question. I have been looking for a good hedge plant for Rochester, MN
(zone 4), but every time I think I have figured a good plant I discover
a reason why it won't work. First, I am looking for an evergreen to
block the wind in winter in addition to providing privacy and form in
the warmer months. I considered Japanese Yew but I also have a deer
problem and understand it would be a constant battle. I also
considered Juniper but I have apple trees and understand Juniper is a
secondary host for an apple rust. I even considered barberry, I
believe, but understand it can be invasive.
Does anyone have a good suggestion for an evergreen hedge plant for
zone 4 that is ok with apples and cherries, will provide a good wind
block at about 6-8 feet high, and that the deer will not devour?
Thanks much in advance,
Consider an old school choice, Maclura pomifera (Bodark, Bois d'arc, Osage-
orange, also called Hedge-apple). While it is not a glamorous choice, it's
not without its charm and will certainly make an effective, impenetrable
hedgerow over time.
David J. Bockman, Fairfax, VA (USDA Hardiness Zone 7)
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.