Identifying the plant used for hedge
I have this on both sides of my house but one side is not growing as healthy and tall so wanted to know what type it is and how to care for it
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Gaps in hedging often occur when there is poor access to light. This particular side may be more shaded from the sun than the other, for example, your car or even the adjacent hedge might be casting a shadow on that side of the hedge when the sun comes up.
Jul 6th, 2020 4:02 pm
Thanks for the detailed insightKatedontbreak wrote: ↑ Gaps in hedging often occur when there is poor access to light. This particular side may be more shaded from the sun than the other, for example, your car or even the adjacent hedge might be casting a shadow on that side of the hedge when the sun comes up.
It also occurs if you leave your hedge to get big and wide, the inner branches often stop producing folliage, creating gaps in the inner most part of the plant, which is especially noticable when you trim the hedge back down to a shorter and narrower width. You chop off all the leafy folliage that was covering the voids where the plant stopped producing folliage because of the poor access to light.
My recommendation to avoid this is to maintain a regular trimming schedule, this may mean dilligently pruning the hedge to maintain your preferred size every other year. Don't leave it for 5 years or trim when you feel like it allowing the hedge to get larger than what you want it to be, this will restrict light to the inner folliage and the plant will stop producing folliage there and you will continue to get gaps. Do this type of aggressive pruning in early spring before the plant leafs out.
You should also prune out those dead shoots (like right now) and throw them in the garbage. That could be insect, weather or fungus related that could spread to the rest of the hedge.
If you have access to the soil underneath, rake away any old leaf debris that you can reach, it could harbour fungus. Do this now but try to maintain doing so regularly in the fall and after you prune in the spring to avoid spores wintering on old leaves and getting on the rest of the plant.
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You could ask op to post a better picture but that's not how I identified the plant. Pyracantha has many different cultivars and that particular shape of leaf with the serated edges plus the orange-red berries was what I used to identify it. It's a very common hedging tree.
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That's great. Still the exact same care listed above. Keep them trimmed so that the plant does not quit developing inner and lower foliage where the sun will not hit. Spireas are vulnerable to fungus and root rot, so another reason to keep the size in check to allow light to get into the center of the plant.