Tall narrow hedge for Arizona

rockybirdFebruary 24, 2013


I am getting ready to landscape around a large pool in Phoenix. The house is on the slope of a rocky mountain. I had a plan made up by an architect and landscape arch. I gave the plan to a nursery who has a landscape arch. working on it with me.

I need to plant something that will grow 12+ feet high to block out a house behind me. At the narrowest, it will only have 1-2 ft. of width. I had originally planned on bamboo, but the nursery is not recommending it. They say it will take a lot of water and will show yellowing of the leaves. They are recommending sour orange. They also suggested oleander, but said there will be more leaf fall and, to be honest, everyone in this town has oleander hedges and I would like to do something different. They gave me an address with sour orange and I drove by and liked it. I want to make sure I am considering all my options. Is there anything else that is green that will look good? This is a midcentury modern house, if that helps.

In the pics, it will go along the raised fence...probably about 80 feet in length. Thank you!

Sour orange example:

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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

What a beautiful pool! If that last photo is sour orange, I like how they pruned it so the trunks show. It looks neat and pretty! We just purchased an older home completely overgrown, and we ripped out some horrible invasive privacy hedge, cut down 3 huge trees, and the neighbors are all thanking us :-) We did find a couple "treasures' under the mess (a trowel, a wire hanging basket, and an iron umbrella holder).

It looks like your hedge will need to grow very tall to hide that neighbor's house. The hill doesn't help for sure! Hillside planting isn't easy because we live on a hill, and a major part of our property value is based on the amazing views! Nobody likes their view blocked. We look down on the city and farms, but there are others above us that have the same view, so we are trying to keep our trees shorter so as not to upset our nice neighbors.

Good luck to you! Enjoy your pool!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 9:11AM
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