I live in Eastern Oklahoma (Zone 7) and am looking for a plant to use
as a hedge/screen to shield about 250' of my property from the sight
of traffic (and hopefully abate some of the noise) on a nearby road. I
have privets there now which do a fairly good job until they lose
their leaves in the fall.
Any ideas or suggestions on what to plant that would be fast-growing
and drought resistant preferably native to the area.
Thanks in advance.
I'm in zone 7, Alabama. I have some beautiful arizona cypress. They are very
quick growing, beautifully shaped, remind me of a Christmas tree shape. Mine
have grown from 1 foot when planted to about 12-15 feet in four years. They
grow wide and full all the way to the ground. They're evergreen, of course,
and they have a blueish color to them. You'll need to space them about 12
feet apart, they can placed much closer for a full hedge effect very
quickly. The planting tag on mine said 4-6 feet apart, but they were
touching after two years. For me it has not affected the looks of them at
all. I'm using mine to screen off a neighbor that likes to sit in her yard
and watch and has a lot of company that must all be hard of hearing cause
they talk at the top of their lungs. The trees have worked their magic and
are blocking out them and their noise. And they are gorgeus trees to enjoy
just looking at. I first found them at a nursery for $8 ea. I told the woman
I was homesick for the tall spikey trees in Seattle where I had just moved
from. She showed me the arizona cypress and told me to toch them and then
smell my hand. They smelled cedarish and woodsy and I was sold on them. The
next year I bought some more for another section of my fence and I got them
at Wally World for $4 ea. They are all doing great in our heat, humidity,
and droughts in the summer and the cold temps in the winter don't bother
them either. I fed them by watering with miracle gro the first year, but
have done nothing to them since, but just let them be.
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