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Fast Growing Shrubs For Privacy In The Desert

Question:


I need to plant something that grows fast in the desert, needs little watering and will provide privacy on the side of my yard. Any suggestions?


Answer:

Growing fast growing shrubs in the desert can be a challenge. Growth rates will depend a lot on the availability of moisture. Very important is to keep the plants well watered until they are well established and have developed a good root system. This can take two to three years.

Watering well means a good, heavy watering that penetrates the soil well. Do this once a week rather than only a sprinkle that will only wet the surface every day. This will encourage the roots to go down deep instead of staying shallow and just under the surface.

Choosing drought tolerant shrubs is essential for desert areas. Here is list of suitable fast growing shrubs that are also drought tolerant and will provide a
screening for privacy:

Check here for a selection of drought tolerant shrubs

Leatherleaf - Viburnum rhytidophyllum
This evergreen shrub has white flowers followed by black berries. They grow up to 10 ft tall and are very drought tolerant. The Leatherleaf shrub can be used as a specimen or hedge.

Siberean Pea Shrub - Caragana arborescens
This shrub is deciduous and bears yellow, pea-like flowers. The leaves turn yellow in the autumn. A widely adaptable and drought tolerant shrub.

Juniperus chinensis 'Blue Point' - Juniper
This upright juniper shrub is drought tolerant and grow to a hight of 15-30 ft. The foliage is of a silvery blue and is of course evergreen.

Populus deltoides 'Siouxland' - Cottonwood Tree
This fast growing tree can grow several feet a year and is a good plant to provide shade. The large, glossy leaves turn yellow in the fall.

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