Hedgerow or “Living Fence” Plants for the Pacific Northwest

This is a list of plants I created for a client in British Columbia, Canada. These are plants that are well suite for creating a fast-growing “living fence”. If properly constructed, a living fence could: contain livestock, keep out predators, keep out unwanted visitors, provide privacy, and more.

Hedgerow/Living Fence

Name

Thorny

Easy to Cultivate

Animal Resistant

Fast Growing

Food Bearing

Density

Hawthorn

Yes

Yes

Yes

Med

Yes

Very

Roses

Yes

Yes

Not necessarily

Med

Yes

Very

Black Locust

Yes

Maybe

Maybe

High

No

Maybe

Honey Locust

Yes

Maybe

Maybe

High

Yes

Maybe

Holly

Yes

Yes

Yes

Med

No

Very

Laurel

No

Yes

Maybe

Yes

No

Very

Cedar

No

Yes

Maybe

No

No

Very

Willow

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Somewhat

Autumn Olive

No

Yes

Maybe

Yes

Yes

Very if pruned

Hazelnut

No

Somewhat

Maybe

Yes

Yes

Very

Barberry

Yes

Maybe

Yes

Maybe

Yes

Very, low

Gorse

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Very

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