Hedges are an important addition to your landscape and we carry a wide assortment of plants for this purpose. If you are lookingto replace your ficus hedge we are recommending podocarpus as permanent solution to an infestaton of ficus whitefly. These pictures are for reference only and show mature plants. For more information, including proper spacing speak with our plant specialist.
Areca Palms (Dypsis lutescens) create a tropical ambiance widely used as privacy hedges. They are fast growing and easy, doing well in average soil and are adaptable to full sun or shade. They can reach a mature height of 20 feet although most remain considerably smaller.
(C.guttifera)also know as pitch apple is drought tolerant and salt tolerant, and becoming more popular as a hedge. It branches low and has large, thick leathery leaves, which work well as a privacy screen. It can be trimmed to stay within 5 or 6 ft. It prefers full sun, or partial shade and requires good drainage. Scratch your initials on a leaf and it will stay forever.
Cocoplum 'Red Tip'
is a Florida native and a dense, evergreen shrub, making it a poular choice for a formal hedge. The fruit is attractive to wild life and can be used to make preserves. It is drought tolerant once established, and will tolerate seasonal flooding. It prefers sun to partial shade. It does best if the soil is enriched with organic matter.
Dwarf Schefflera -'Trinette'
(Schefflera arboricola) Also known as the dwarf umbrella plant. This a a low growing plant that rarely grows over 3 feet and can easily be kept in bounds with one or two prunings a year. It can tolerate neglect and is drought tolerant. It does best in bright, indirect light or partial shade. We carry 'Trinette' pictured here, 'Golden Capella' and the common green cultivar
(Ficus benjamina) Fast growing and dense, ficus is a popular privacy screening hedge. It does require a lot of pruning to be kept in bounds. It prefers full sun and is not fussy about soil.
(Forestiera segregata)is also known as wild olive or ink-bush and is a Florida native that works as a hedge or screen. It’s growth rate can be moderate to fast and if left unclipped it can reach a height and spread of 8 – 15 feet. It does well in poor soils but needed drainage and is drought tolerant once established. It does best in full sun.
(Spiraea japonica ’Gold Mound’) adds a new color demesion to the garden. It is a lowgrowing dense plant suitible for walkways, foundations, and underplantings. It does best in full sun but is tolerant of light shade. It refers moist, well drained soil, but is drought tolerant. It is a nice, low maintence plant.
(Rhaphiolepis indica) is an beautiful flowering shrub that can be pruned into low, compact hedges, as well as trained to grow as small trees. It must have well drained soil and overhead irrigation should be avoided. It does well in sun or partial shade, and is drought tolerant once established.
(Podocarpus macrophylla) Also known as Japanes yew. An upright pine shrub that lends itself well to pruning. It is a good privacy screen and its slow growth rate makes it a low maintenance substitute for ficus. We recommend this plant as a permanent solution to a ficus whitefly problem. It does well in sun or shade but prefers fertile, well drained soil
(Serissa foetida) is a low growing (2-4 ft.), dense, fine textured shrub, that bears small, white flowers. It is often used as a low hedge, preferring morning sun and afternoon shade. It needs a moist but not wet location and will not tolerate drought. Mulching helps. If it drops its leaves don’t water until they come back. It is a popular bonsai subject.
(Eugenia uniflora L.) Also known as the Brazilian cherry, Florida cherry, and cereza de cayena. This is a tall growing shrub making it a good chioce for a privacy screeen. It is more shade tolerant than ficus and not as difficult to keep pruned. Established plants are drought tolerant. The fruit is edible and attractive to wild life.
Yaupon Holly 'Shilling's Dwarf'
(Ilex vomitoria) is an excellent dense, low growing shrub with a moderate rate of growth that makes it a good choice for a short formal hedge. It will tolerate a wide range of soil types, does well in sun or light shade, is moderately salt tolerant, and drought tolerant. ‘Shilling’s dwarf’ produces no fruit since it is a male clone and is propagated by cuttings.