Shrubs for formal looking Hedge question
Hello everyone! This is my first post and I am somewhat new to gardening so please bear with me.
Ok here we go. I am planning on planting a rather large hedge. It will be about 500 ft. I want to keep it around 4 - 5 feet in height and roughly the same width. Evergreen would be a plus but not an absolute must. Faster would be nice but as long as it is not painfully slow I am willing to use it. What I am doing is enclosing my back yard. The closest neighbor is more than 100 yards away.
So here are the conditions. 1) We live in the mountains of Maryland. 2) We have clay soil (though when they built the house they spread about a foot of top soil on top). 3) For about 120ft there will be Norway Maple trees within about 35ft of the hedge. 4) All of the hedge will get sun all day except the ones by the maples. They will get sun on one side most of the day though.
The shrubs I have found myself most interested in are and in order; Yew, Burning bush and Privet. They each have to pluses and negatives. Also, has anyone heard of the Winston Peter's spreading Yew? But I am open to other shrubs if anyone has any thoughts.
Any help, advice or thoughts would be appreciated.