Plant Selections for Hedges

Virtually any plant can be used to delineate a border or property line. If you want to create a solid hedge, whether formally sheared or informally left to a plant’s natural growth habit, there are select species that can fill this request.

Informal hedges have a naturally rounded character and generally reach the mature height of the plant. Some limited pruning can be used to maintain a somewhat shorter height.

Formal hedges have a specific shape such as squared off edges. They require frequent maintenance to retain the desired shape. Hedge height can vary from 2-3′ up to 15′.

Common Name Botanical Name Informal Formal
WHITE FIR Abies concolor x
AMUR MAPLE Acer ginnala x x
BLACK CHOKEBERRY Aronia melanocarpa x x
RED-LEAF BARBERRY Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea’ x x
SIBERIAN PEA SHRUB Caragana arborescens x x
JAPANESE QUINCE Chaenomeles japonica x x
BLOODTWIG DOGWOOD Cornus sanguinea x
HEDGE COTONEASTER Cotoneaster lucidus x x
COMMON JUNIPER Juniperus communis x
OREGON HOLLY GRAPE Mahonia aquifolium x x
DWARF MUGO PINE Pinus mugo pumilo ‘Abruzzi-Maiella’ x x
BUSH CINQUEFOIL Potentilla fruticosa x
KONZA FRAGRANT SUMAC Rhus aromatica serotina x
OAK LEAF SUMAC Rhus trilobata x
ALPINE CURRANT Ribes alpinum x
HUGO ROSE Rosa hugonis x
RUGOSA ROSE Rosa rugosa x
SHINYLEAF SPIRAEA Spiraea betulifolia lucida x
BUMALD’S SPIRAEA Spiraea x japonica bumalda x
DWARF RED SPIRAEA Spiraea x bumalda ‘Coccinea’ x
CRISP LEAF SPIRAEA Spiraea x bumalda ‘Crispa’ x
DAKOTA GOLDCHARM SPIRAEA Spiraea x japonica ‘Mertyann’ Dakota Goldcharm® x
FLAMING MOUND SPIRAEA Spiraea x japonica ‘Flaming Mound’ x
RENAISSANCE SPIRAEA Spiraea x vanhouttei ‘Renaissance’ x
LATE LILAC Syringa villosa x
COMMON PURPLE LILAC Syringa vulgaris x
LITTLELEAF LINDEN Tilia cordata x
CHICAGO LUSTRE VIBURNUM Viburnum dentatum ‘Synnestvedt’ Chicago Lustre® x
SHOSHONI DOUBLEFILE VIBURNUM Viburnum plicatum ‘Shoshoni’ x
ALLEGHANY VIBURNUM Viburnum x rhytidophylloides ‘Alleghany’ x
ARROWWOOD Viburnum dentatum x
EUROPEAN CRANBERRY BUSH Viburnum opulus x
PINK BEAUTY DOUBLEFILE VIBRUNUM Viburnum plicatum ‘Pink Beauty’ x

Additional information on specific topics can be found on the Plant Selection Guide