Rent Shop Volunteer Join

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Tuesday - November 06, 2007

From: Franklin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Shrubs
Title: Shrub or small tree for hedgerow to block view
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

For property in the Post Oak Savanah area of Eastern Texas, north of Bryan, Texas, I would like to plant a native hedgerow to block the view of a neighboring property. Ideally this would be a shrub to cover from the ground to a height of about 12-15 feet, and I am hopeful it wouldn't be invasive and create its own set of problems. Do you have suggestions.

ANSWER:

Mr. SP assumes you would like evergreen since you are trying to block a view. Here are 5 possibilities that are native to Robertson County, Texas:

EVERGREENS:

Prunus caroliniana (Carolina laurelcherry), 15-20 feet

Morella cerifera (wax myrtle), 6-20 feet

Ilex vomitoria (yaupon), 12-25 feet

Pinus taeda (loblolly pine), 72-100 feet but can be kept pruned to size

Juniperus virginiana (eastern redcedar) , usually 30-40 feet and can also be kept pruned to size

Here are more choices if you want to consider deciduous shrubs or trees:

DECIDUOUS:

Viburnum rufidulum (rusty blackhaw), up to 18 feet

Viburnum nudum (possumhaw), 12 -20 feet

Frangula caroliniana (Carolina buckthorn), 12-20 feet

Cornus drummondii (roughleaf dogwood), 12-16 feet


Prunus caroliniana

Morella cerifera

Ilex vomitoria

Pinus taeda

Juniperus virginiana

Viburnum rufidulum

Viburnum nudum

Frangula caroliniana

Cornus drummondii

 

 

 

More Shrubs Questions

Flowering shrub for Kihei, Hawaii
August 12, 2015 - I live in Kihei Hawaii, near the beach but across the road from it. I am looking for a hedge that flowers, can be trimmed is dense and grows rather quickly. 3-4ft in height. We have bougainvillia now ...
view the full question and answer

Pruning blue potato tree (Lycianthus rantonnei)
July 14, 2008 - I wrote earlier about a blue potato tree(Lycianthus rantonnei) the top appears dead but if you break a branch it is still green, what would happen to it if I cut all the branches forming at the bottom...
view the full question and answer

Advice for Texas Mountain Laurel in shady, narrow bed.
June 08, 2015 - My house faces N/NE and gets a lot of shade. I would like to plant a Texas Mountain Laurel in my narrow front bed, but what is the best way to amend my clay soil since it prefers rocky soil? What woul...
view the full question and answer

Vascular wilt in Rhus virens
June 22, 2007 - Hi Smarty: Our evergreen sumac grew beautifully this spring (it is about 2 years old -- we got it at the LBJ Wildflower Center plant sale). Then its leaves suddenly drooped last month (May) and turn...
view the full question and answer

Trees and shrubs that are not poisonous to horses
September 23, 2008 - What non poisonous trees or shrubs or hedges would work for being near horses?
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.