We have a 30-foot area along a fence where we need to plant a hedge. We are...

Asked May 31, 2015, 9:37 PM EDT

We have a 30-foot area along a fence where we need to plant a hedge. We are looking for 6 ft. high, and bird friendly. We had a suggesting for the cotoneaster, but I find out it isn't native. Is that a good idea for a hedge? It can only come out from the fence about 5 ft. at most. We were even thinking of alternating arbor vitae with shrubs. Your suggestions would be helpful.

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Cotoneaster makes a fine hedge I have had mine for 40+ years and when pruned properly makes a tight hedge. I also let some grow naturally behind my waterfall, most people don't think they are the same plants. Many plants that seem native aren't really so if you like cotoneaster go ahead with it. Some arbor vitae would be ok but their growth rates are different and you may not like the result.