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Friday - April 25, 2014

From: Dripping Springs, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Privacy Screening, Shrubs
Title: Privacy Hedge for Dripping Springs, TX
Answered by: Larry Larson

QUESTION:

We live in Dripping Springs, TX and are looking to find a suggestion for privacy hedges that are non-toxic to dogs, drought resistant, can handle rocky soil and full sun. We prefer flowering hedges. Can you give us some advice?

ANSWER:

Your neighbors have asked quite similar questions a number of times!  Here’s a good selection of Mr Smarty Plants work that applies to your question (with lots of commentary and advice):

Landscaping plans in Kyle TX   [also concerned about toxicity to dogs]

Privacy screen for Canyon Lake, TX  

Natural privacy hedge for Kyle Texas  

A Bounty of Edibles for New Braunfels Texas  [supporting birds, bees, butterflies]

Patio Privacy Screen Suggestions for Central Texas 

Need small, fast growing trees for privacy screen in Buda, TX.  

Reviewing these; the following shrubs/trees are suggested:

Leucophyllum frutescens (Texas cenizo)   [Flowering]
Morella cerifera (wax myrtle)  [berries & flowers]
Rhus virens (evergreen sumac)  [flowers]
Ilex vomitoria (yaupon)  [berries]
Sophora secundiflora (mountain laurel)  [flowers]
 Garrya ovata ssp. lindheimeri (Lindheimer's silktassel)
Juniperus ashei (Ashe's juniper or cedar)   maybe not so recommended!

 

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Cenizo
Leucophyllum frutescens

Wax myrtle
Morella cerifera

Evergreen sumac
Rhus virens

Yaupon
Ilex vomitoria

Texas mountain laurel
Sophora secundiflora

Lindheimer's silktassel
Garrya ovata ssp. lindheimeri

Ashe juniper
Juniperus ashei

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