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Old 31-03-2003, 10:32 PM
Ron Blocher
 
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Have heard that the Red tip Phontias are very susceptible to a number of
diseases. Also, have read that the Frazeri variety of this plant is less
susceptible to these diseases.

We plan on planting approximately 180-200 feet of hedges in our backyard,
and really like the looks of the Phontias. Would appreciate any information
regarding pros and cons of this plant.

Thank you,
Ron Blocher



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Old 31-03-2003, 10:45 PM
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Red Tips are (IMO) the worst possible landscape plants available. When
planted in rows, such as hedges, they have a habit of growing (or not) at
different rates. Some quickly grow huge and the one next to it may not grow
at all. Every time I have moved to a different house there has always been
Red Tips which I have jerked out of the ground with a chain and hauled to
the dump. Something like Ligustrum would make a much better hedge.
Dave

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Have heard that the Red tip Phontias are very susceptible to a number of
diseases. Also, have read that the Frazeri variety of this plant is less
susceptible to these diseases.

We plan on planting approximately 180-200 feet of hedges in our backyard,
and really like the looks of the Phontias. Would appreciate any

information
regarding pros and cons of this plant.

Thank you,
Ron Blocher




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Old 02-04-2003, 12:20 AM
Philip Halverson
 
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"Dave W" wrote in message ...
Red Tips are (IMO) the worst possible landscape plants available. When
planted in rows, such as hedges, they have a habit of growing (or not) at
different rates. Some quickly grow huge and the one next to it may not grow
at all. Every time I have moved to a different house there has always been
Red Tips which I have jerked out of the ground with a chain and hauled to
the dump. Something like Ligustrum would make a much better hedge.
Dave

"Ron Blocher" wrote in message
news:[email protected]
Have heard that the Red tip Phontias are very susceptible to a number of
diseases. Also, have read that the Frazeri variety of this plant is less
susceptible to these diseases.

We plan on planting approximately 180-200 feet of hedges in our backyard,
and really like the looks of the Phontias. Would appreciate any

information
regarding pros and cons of this plant.

Thank you,
Ron Blocher


I agree! They do poorly in any sort of alkaline soil, needing
frequent/constant fertization. I tore out several from my yard -- if
a bird farted they dumped leaves. One specimen plant might be easy to
maintain, but 200 feet. There are probably better choices.

Good luck,

Phil
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Old 03-04-2003, 06:56 PM
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On Mon, 31 Mar 2003 21:22:22 +0000, Ron Blocher wrote:

Have heard that the Red tip Phontias are very susceptible to a number of
diseases. Also, have read that the Frazeri variety of this plant is less
susceptible to these diseases.

We plan on planting approximately 180-200 feet of hedges in our backyard,
and really like the looks of the Phontias. Would appreciate any
information regarding pros and cons of this plant.



Photina is a terrible plant for hedges. It's the lawn maintenance
company's friend though. They will grow quickly to your desired hight but
then you'll have to hedge them up to 6 times a year to keep them there.

I'd suggest that you go to a few different nurseries and ask then what
they have for hedging shrubs.
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