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Evergreen hedge plants, the Aucuba species

The Aucuba species, evergreen hedge plants, originally come from Japan and belong to the Cornaceae family. Shrubs that are characterized by elegant mottled or spotted cream, green and white foliage. The stem is very branched, the foliage is compact and has a disordered posture. With the arrival of the spring season, the Aucuba produces panicle inflorescences, the small flowers are dark brown while in autumn, in the female specimens, the deep red berries appear. They grow a lot both in height and in width, they love fertile soils, rich in humus and above all well drained. Cold-resistant, they fear too sunny exposures and require frequent irrigation from spring to autumn.

The genus of Berberis, evergreen hedge plants


The species included in the genus called Berberis are more than four hundred and belong to the Berberidaceae family. These plants, originating from the Eurasian and American continent, are cultivated for ornamental purposes as evergreen hedges with an erect development, with a compact appearance. The branches are endowed with thorns that with the passage of time, form an impassable barrier, the leaves are lanceolate or oval, shiny and leathery, of a dark green color. The evergreen hedge plants of Berberis produce very showy yellow inflorescences in spring. At the end of flowering, numerous black or red berries appear. They prefer fertile and well-drained soils, tolerate frost and grow in sunny or partial shade locations. In summer, watering must be regular, without creating stagnation.

Evergreen hedge plants, the Taxus baccata species


The species called Taxus baccata is one of the most widespread evergreen hedge plants and used for the construction of vigorous and compact barriers. Native to the Mediterranean basin, it belongs to the Taxaceae family. The habit is round and the leaves are thin, small and glossy green. The female specimens, during the summer season, produce globular fruits. The berries are deep red in color, they persist for a long time on the plant, increasing its ornamental and decorative appearance. They adapt to any kind of soil, even poor and calcareous, they grow in sunny and partial shade positions and do not require particular cultivation attention. Pruning is used to keep the Taxus baccata appearance tidy and even drastic interventions are tolerated without difficulty.

The Raphiolepis species, evergreen hedge plants


There are fifteen species included in the genus called Raphiolepis, native to the Asian continent. Belonging to the Rosaceae family, they are characterized by their erect posture and are used for ornamental purposes, for the construction of low hedges. The main peculiarity consists in the abundant floral production that lasts for the entire spring season. The inflorescences are gathered in corymbs, the flowers are star-shaped, light pink or white. After flowering, fruits, small dark colored apples follow. Resistant shrubs that tolerate even temperatures below zero but fear water stagnation. They can grow both in sunny areas and in partial shade, the irrigations are regular in summer, they can withstand even short periods of drought.

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