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CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLANTS FOR YOUR SITUATION

Finding the Right Hedging and Screening Plants

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Australia is a pretty tough climate to establish a hedge or screen. It’s hot, dry and often humid in many places, and our soils can be a real challenge. Traditional box hedges and many weaker exotic plants regularly fail, leaving either burnt plants, or hedges and screens with drop outs. Avoid drop outs and gaps by using tough native and exotic plants.

Hedges are useful to define boundaries, while screens provide privacy or cover walls and fences. Hedges are less costly than fences and they look a lot better. Hedges and screens can be helpful for covering unsightly fixtures and can also deter crime. Hedges are often used to great effect in framing house and garden features, and can add symmetry to the garden. Both screens and hedges can add value to the home or in commercial developments. Screening plants can be great at improving privacy and reducing noise from traffic.

Some people would prefer low maintenance, slower growing hedges and are a little patient. Others want a quick establishing screen and do not mind pruning more often. Some prefer a compromise, and want a plant that establishes quick enough, yet has only moderate maintenance.  Below is a list of screens and hedges from Ozbreed with their speed of establishment and average number of prunes per year listed.

Note: some slow to establish plants are well worth the wait, as they can often be super tough. Eg; Cosmic Pink™ Raphiolepis. It may take a few years for a good hedge to develop, but it will look great as small shrubby hedges in the interim, and the plant itself is almost indestructible. So situations will allow for slower establishment, while others, people want a screen to provide privacy quickly.

 

Autumn Royalty™
Rhododendron hybrid ‘CONLEC’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Hedge

1.25m high x 1.25m wide

Moderate

2

Moderate

 

Autumn Twist™
Rhododendron hybrid ‘CONLEP’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Hedge

1.2m high x 1m wide

Moderate

2

Moderate

Better John™
Callistemon viminalis ‘LJ1’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Hedge

60cm-1.2m high x 60-90cm wide

Slow

Every 2 yrs

Low

 

Blue Gem™
Westringia ‘WES03’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Hedge

1-1.5m high x 80cm-1.3m wide

Fast

3

Moderate

 

Blush™
Nandina domestica ‘AKA’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Hedge

60-70cm high x 60-70cm wide

Slow

Every 3 yrs

Low

 

Coastal Pink™
Correa alba ‘COR10’ PBR Pending

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Hedge

1-1.8m high x 1-1.8 m wide pruned; 2m high x wide unpruned

Moderate-fast

1-2

Moderate

 

Cosmic Pink™
Raphiolepis indica ‘RAPH02’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Hedge

50-80cm high x 50-80cm wide

Slow

1

Low

 

Cosmic White™
Raphiolepis indica ‘RAPH01’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Hedge

1.5-2m high x 1.5m wide

Slow

1

Low

 

Crimson Villea™
Grevillea rosmarinifolia ‘H16’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Hedge

80cm high x 80cm wide

Moderate

1

Low

 

Dense Fence™
Viburnum odoratissimum ‘VOC1’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Both

3.5m high x 2m wide

Fast

3

Moderate

 

Flirt™
Nandina domestica ‘MURASAKI’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Low Hedge

30-40cm high x 40-50cm wide

Slow

Every 2 years

Low

 

Flora Burst™
Callistemon viminalis ‘CC06’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Both

2m high x 1.5m wide

Moderate

2

Moderate

 

Green John™
Callistemon viminalis ‘LJ23’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Hedge

60cm-1m high x 60cm wide

Slow

Every 2 yrs

Low

 

Grey Box™
Westringia fruticosa ‘WES04’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Hedge

30-45cm high x 30-45cm wide unpruned; 30 cm high x 30cm wide pruned

Moderate

2

Low

 

Hobbit™
Syzygium francisii ‘DBK01’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Both

 

60cm (shrub) to 3m (screen) high x 90cm (shrub) to 1.5m (screen) wide

Slow

1

Low

 

Macarthur™
Callistemon viminalis ‘LC01’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Hedge

1.8m high x 1.5m wide

Moderate

2

Moderate

 

Naringa™
Westringia ‘WES01’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Hedge

1m high x 60cm pruned; 2.2m x 1.5m unpruned

Fast

3

Moderate

 

Obsession™
Nandina domestica ‘SEIKA’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Hedge

60-70cm high x 60-70cm wide

Slow

Every 2 yrs

Low

 

Ozbreed Aussie Box®
Westringia ‘WES02’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Hedge

40-60cm high x wide pruned

70-95cm high x wide unpruned

Fast

3

Moderate

 

Pinnacle™
Syzygium australe ‘AATS’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Screen

6-8m high x 1-1.5m wide

Fast

1

Low

 

Red Alert™
Callistemon viminalis ‘KPS38’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Hedge

60cm-2m high x 50cm-1.5m pruned; 2-2.4m high x 1.5-2m wide unpruned

Moderate

3

Moderate

 

Red Head™
Acmena smithii ‘BWNRED’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Both

6m high x 2.5m wide

Fast

1

Low

 

Scarlet Flame™
Callistemon viminalis ‘CC19’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Hedge

60cm-1.5m high x 60cm-1m wide

Moderate

2

Moderate

 

Slim™
Callistemon viminalis ‘CV01’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Both

3m high x 1.3m wide

Fast

2

Low

 

Sublime™
Acmena smithii ‘DOW30’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Both

5m high x 2-3m wide

Fast

1

Low

 

Sweeper™
Waterhousea floribunda ‘DOW20’ PBR

Screen or Hedge

Height + Width

Speed of Establishment

Average # of Prunes per year

Maintenance Levels

Both

10m high x 5-8m wide

Fast

Every 2 yrs

Low

 

 You can also check out the all New Hedging and Screening website for more great information on selecting the right hedging or screening plants