Category: Shrubs for Screens

Nerium oleander

This plant, commonly called oleander, is a beautiful shrub that can range in size from three to twenty feet, depending upon the variety.  ‘Sister Agnes’ is white and can grow to twenty feet.  ‘Little Red’ grows from three to four

Feijoa sellowiana

Feijoa, or pineapple guava, grows to eighteen to twenty-five feet, usually as a multi-trunked shrub.  It can, however, take considerable pruning, making it ideal for hedges, espaliering or training as a small tree.  The leaves are grey-green on top and


Photinia x fraseri makes a great tall hedge or screen with fast growth to ten to fifteen feet tall and wide.   The new growth is bronzy red and adds some nice color to the garden.

Rhamnus alaternus

Rhamnus alaternus and Rhamnus alaternus variegata(Italian Buckthorn) These shrubs grow twelve to fifteen feet high. They are evergreen and very dought tolerant once established. They can be pruned regularly to maintain a neat appearance.  


Ligustrum japonicum (Japanese privet), Ligustrum texanum (Texas privet) and Ligustrum ‘Nobili’ (Noble privet) are all excellent evergreen shrubs.  If desired, they can be pruned as a hedge or into shapes for use as topiaries.


Pyracantha is an evergreen shrub known for its colorful berries in the fall and winter.  Most varieties grow to about twelve feet, although there are some outstanding dwarf varieties such as ‘Red Elf’ and ‘Lowboy’.  The biggest drawback is the sharp thorns that cover the branches,