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help me ID this hedge plant?!

Postby countrychic » May 01, 2008 11:28 am

I am looking for an alternative to a boxwood hedge (cost being the main factor), and saw this hedge in a public garden. Can anyone ID this plant for me?
The hedge is going near my kids playfort, so barberry is out as an alternative (thorns). Hoping this plant might be cheaper and grow faster than boxwood.
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Postby kelly_m » May 01, 2008 11:42 am

Looks like a ninebark to me....
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Postby Northpine » May 01, 2008 12:53 pm

Hi Country Chic,
I have both Ninebark and Alpine Currant. However I can't go check the foliage of either as we are still having winter it seems.

But I think that looks more like Alpine Currant to me. In any case it makes a a good hedge.
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Postby patty » May 01, 2008 1:13 pm

I was thinking Alpine Currant too.
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Postby butterfly » May 01, 2008 1:25 pm

I have ninebark and it doesn't look like it

but I don't know what it is either
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Postby Sharon Bryson » May 01, 2008 2:30 pm

Here is a link to an interesting selection of hedge material.

Nature Hills Nursery says: re Alpine Currant.....
"The Alpine Currant, Ribes alpinum, is a very hardy hedge plant that can be kept trimmed to any desired height from 18 inches to 4 feet. The abundant green, glossy foliage forms a dense hedge. Grows well in sun or shade and is rarely bothered by insects or plant diseases. The Alpine Currant can survive the coldest of winter climates with annual temperatures as low as -50° Fahrenheit. It does well in dry soils. Alpine currant is drought tolerant"
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Postby countrychic » May 01, 2008 3:23 pm

Thanks everyone, that looks like it. I would never have known it was a Ninebark, as I've only seen them as large shrubs, not a hedge.
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Postby B_BQ » May 01, 2008 11:08 pm

Just a quickie comment here.
We used alpine currant in our other house to hide the A/C, heat exchanger, and it made a wonderful hedge. You could chop it, hack it, neglect it, and do just about anything to it, and it would just keep on going...!!!! Wonderful plant in the right place. We trimmed it each year to the height we wanted it.
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