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Prickly natives for barrier hedges

21 Aug 2018 8:51 AM | HEATHER MILES (Administrator)

A website reader recently asked for good Australian natives which will keep unwanted visitors at bay.  

Here are the suggestions for prickly shrubs and hedging plants from our panel of experts:

  • Grevillea rosmarinifolia cultivars such as'Scarlet Sprite' (pictured below)
  • Grevillea Winparra cultivars eg 'Winparra Gem' - dense, tough, fast growing, up to 2m
  • Hakea sericea - prickly and copes with sand, prune to keep to 1m
  • Graptophyllum ilicifolium - rainforest type look with dark green "holly-like" leaves, but very tough and copes with dry, also lipstick pink flowers, prune to keep to 1m
  • Bursaria spinosa, Blackthorn - this flowers in autumn which offers an advantage to wildlife by providing sustenance ahead of the approaching winter.
  • Acacia ulicifolia, Prickly Moses or heath wattle. There are also a number of small wattles that have spiky foliage, but remember that these species are fast growing and may be short lived
  • Westringia fruticosa - dense, tough and copes with sand, but not prickly
  • Anything marketed as attracting small birds would work as usually dense and prickly for habitat.

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