Learn More About Hedges

 

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Hedges are a very important part of the landscape, they possess a natural beauty that can enhance the appeal of your home while being very functional. They are usually used for privacy, blocking out an undesirable view, obstructing noise and wind, or as an aesthetic solution to delimiting a property line. Hedges can even increase the resale value of your home when well maintained.

Sunny Boys Nursery sells many different types of hedging plants. If you are not familiar with hedging plants or you are not sure how to make a decision, then this guide will help you choose the solution that best suits your needs.

All of the hedging plants we sell are fast growing and completely suitable for South Florida.

 

Spacing:

Hedge plants are usually spaced 2 feet apart for 3-gallon and 7-gallon plants sizes. And 3 feet apart for 15-gallon and 25-gallon sizes.

 

Clusia

Clusia Guttifera (Small Leaf Clusia) is rapidly becoming the most popular hedge plant in South Florida. Branching out close to the ground Clusia produces a dense hedge of olive-green thick leaves. Clusia is a large plant, it will grow easily 20 to 25 feet tall but it can be trimmed to your liking. It prefers full sun, but tolerates partial shade nicely. Moderate to rapid growing, it is tolerant of most soils and fares well in coastal locations and sites with poor soil conditions. Once established, Clusia is low maintenance and very drought tolerant.

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Podocarpus

This popular shrub can grow to about 20 feet tall, but it is easily pruned to 4 - 10 feet. The leaves are fine and smooth-textured, and the pale new growth contrasts pleasantly with the dark, matured foliage. It forms a solid, elegant, low-maintenance hedge that adds an up-scale look to any property. It can tolerate light shade but does best in full sun. Once established its moderately tolerant to drought; additional water may be required during periods of hot dry weather. It is not a fast grower, therefore Podocarpus should be given time to grow and establish before trimming.

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Green Buttonwood and Silver Buttonwood

These are Florida native species, therefore ideal for seaside plantings. They are highly tolerant of full sun, sandy soil and salty conditions. Silver buttonwood has velvety soft leaves brushed with a silver color and makes a stunning hedge. Typically 20-40 feet in height it can be trimmed to a desired height. Trim to shape as needed, but avoid pruning more than one third of the plant at once. Any hard pruning should be done in spring.

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Red Tip Cocoplum

It is a terrific hedge plant that produces small green leaves offset by red-tipped new growth. These Florida native plants can grow to about 12 feet if left unattended, but are usually trimmed to around 6 or 8 feet. Red Tip Cocoplum does really well in full sun and doesn’t need any fertilizer. It does not require much care once stablished, as it is not susceptible to pests and diseases.

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Simpson Stopper

Is a native of south Florida and Tropical America.  This shrub grows to 20 feet tall. It is a low maintenance hedge alternative. This plant produces a very distinct and pleasant aroma and small white fragrant blossoms appear on and off year round. Flowers turn into beautiful red berries that attract different kinds of birds (mockingbird, bluejay and cardinal). Its salt tolerance makes it perfect for South Florida locations.

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Seagrape

With their large and rounded leaves and clusters of fruits, Seagrapes make a fascinating and good-looking hedge. Sea Grape is made for the seaside landscape, it grows in full sun or partial shade, and is very drought tolerant once established. It also tolerates salt spray, salty soils and windy conditions. It is used as windbreak and stablishing sand dunes that provide protection against coastal surge.

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