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Q.Can I Plant American Holly As A Privacy Hedge In A Large Planters Box

Zone 60097 | Brim added on June 7, 2022 | Answered

Hi, I’ll be moving to the outskirts of Chicago in the near future. The community that I’m moving to has strict fencing rules. My goal is to create a large bottomless planters box that goes around the perimeter of my back yard. I plan on putting American Holly in the planters box to grow as a privacy hedge to get around the fencing rules. I plan on interlocking landscaping timbers to a height of 2ft and keeping the Holly cut to 8ft, so I have a total height of 10ft. My question is: will the root structure keep the plant anchored while in the planters box at 8ft tall? Also are there any other reasons I shouldn’t do this?

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Answered on June 8, 2022

This could work, but I would definitely not use the American Holly. They are simply too big for this.

This article will offer more information on different cultivars of Holly:


This article will help you to prune whichever you choose:


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