Alternatives to laburnums

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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lee8040lee8040 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
I am after a hedge plant that grows as high as a laburnum and has leave right to the base of the stem etc but not toxic like these. Yew and hawthorn is not an option either. Can anyone recommend any please.

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  • paddy's_mumpaddy's_mum Forumite
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    Not really enough information here to give a sensible reply, in my opinion.

    Perhaps if you could say what you want to achieve or why hawthorn is not acceptable you would get more answers.
  • lee8040lee8040 Forumite
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    Want to grow a hedge about 5ft high that doesn't loose it's leaves and has thick foliage. Can produce flowers but needs to be safe with kids. Just don't like hawthorn
  • paddy's_mumpaddy's_mum Forumite
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    Privet, laurel, escallonia, beech, cotoneaster, holly, box, some conifers.

    Any half decent charity shop will have a gardening book or two that will perhaps steer you.

    I particularly like escallonia whose flowers are a magnet for insects and I generally cut mine only once a year just to keep it tidy.

    Hope that helps.
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    lee8040 wrote: »
    I am after a hedge plant that grows as high as a laburnum and has leave right to the base of the stem etc.
    lee8040 wrote: »
    Want to grow a hedge about 5ft high that doesn't loose it's leaves and has thick foliage.

    Odd request as laburnum grows much higher than 5ft and gets bare stems lower down. :(

    paddy's mum gives some good advice.

    Also loads of info on sites like https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=351
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