What are some plants that would make a good hedge?

We'd like to put in a hedge along one edge of our property. Could you suggest some plants that would make a good hedge?
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Do you want a formal or informal hedge? A formal hedge requires clipping and shaping to maintain uniform height and form. See the list below for trees and shrubs that tolerate the frequent shearing required of formal hedges. If you simply want the hedge as a screen, an informal hedge may be more appropriate. The list also includes trees and shrubs suitable for screens.

 

Common Name

Botanical Name

Zones

Tolerant of frequent shearing
Alpine currant
Amur maple, hedge maple
Anglo-Japanese yew
Arborvitae
Arrowwood viburnum
Boxwood
Canadian hemlock
Chinese holly, English holly
Chinese juniper
Cornelian cherry
English laurel
European hornbeam
Glossy abelia
Hedge cotoneaster
Holly oak
Holly osmanthus
Japanese barberry, Mentor barberry
Japanese euonymus
Japanese flowering quince
Japanese pittosporum
Meyer lilac
Myrtle
Oleander
Privet
Russian olive
Sawara false cypress
Scarlet firethorn
Siberian peashrub
White fir
White spruce


Ribes alpinum
Acer spp.
Taxus x media
Thuja spp.
Viburnum dentatum
Buxus sempervirens
Tsuga canadensis
Ilex spp.
Juniperus chinensis
Cornus mas
Prunus laurocerasus
Carpinus betulus
Abelia x grandiflora
Cotoneaster lucidus
Quercus ilex
Osmanthus heterophyllus
Berberis spp.
Euonymus japonicus
Chaenomeles japonica
Pittosporum tobira
Syringa meyeri
Myrtis communis
Nerium oleander
Ligustrum spp.
Elaeagnus angustifolia
Chamaecyparis pisifera
Pyracantha coccinea
Caragana arborescens
Abies concolor
Picea glauca


2-7
2-8
(4)5-7
2-8
3-8
(5)6-9
(3)4-7
7-9
4-9
5-8
6-8
(4)5-7
(5)6-9
3-7
9-10
(6)7-9
4-8
7-9
5-8
(8)9-10
3-7
9-10
8-10
(4)5-10
2-7
5-8
6-9
2-7
4-7
2-6


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