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Productive hedge - suggestions please

Postby andrewloz » Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:23 pm

Does anyone have any suggestions for a hedge that will produce fruit or nuts? In the Hawkesbury Valley, some frost (0 to -1 not uncommon , -5 on very rare occasions). Preferably quick growing with a height of 2.5-3m.

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Re: Productive hedge - suggestions please

Postby greg.l » Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:41 pm

Hazelnuts make a good hedge if your place is cold enough. Amelanchier (juneberry) gets little berries in spring, and good autumn colour. You can hedge just about any fruit tree, if you don't mind the pruning.
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Re: Productive hedge - suggestions please

Postby andrewloz » Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:20 pm

Thanks for the Hazlenut suggestion. Do you know how long they might lose their leaves for in north-western Sydney? The hedge is to provide reasonable privacy. Also, any idea where I might find information as to chill hours required to set fruit for various cultivars? Probably get less that 900 hours and more than 500 I think.
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Postby bubba louie » Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:39 pm

If you can grow them in your area Jaboticaba was recommended to me, by a permaculture specialist, as a great hedge plant. It's fruit fly resistant and because it fruits on the trunk birds and bats find it hard to get at.
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Re: Productive hedge - suggestions please

Postby greg.l » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:34 pm

There are hazelnut varieties in the 600-700hr range. negret, segorbe, hall's giant, barcelona, tondo di giffoni should all fruit in that range. My trees still have their leaves, and if you let them sucker the stems get quite dense. The do need good soil. You need 2 varieties for pollination.
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Postby greg.l » Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:55 am

One fruiting shrub that will tolerate a bit of frost is feijoa. I don't know how they go with fruit fly.
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Postby bubba louie » Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:17 pm

greg.l wrote:One fruiting shrub that will tolerate a bit of frost is feijoa. I don't know how they go with fruit fly.



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Re: Productive hedge - suggestions please

Postby andrewloz » Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:41 pm

Thanks for the responses.

We do have frosts here, and many fruit flies! I am in the process of covering a couple of large fruit and vege patches with fine netting to keep the fruit flies, coddling moth and cabbage white away, and will have to net the stone fruit this next season. So with frost and flies perhaps the nuts are a better way to go for a hedge.

Jaboticaba looks interesting, but frost sensitivity might be a problem for a hedge so I might try a spot near the water tank which should be a milder microclimate for a Jaboticaba tree.

Greg.l, thanks for the hazelnut variety suggestions, I'll see what I can source.
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