Fiddlewood

One local botanist once told me that if she had a neighbor that she did not like she would simply plant a fence of Fiddlewood and "poof" – end of problem.

 

COMMON NAME FIDDLEWOOD
BOTANICAL NAME Citharexylum Fruticosum
CATEGORY SMALL TREE
HEIGHT 15 to 20 Feet
ZONES 10 to 11
NATIVE Yes
LIGHT Sun
SALT TOLERANCE Relatively Salt Tolerant

Fiddlewood is a nice plant and the flowers very fagrant. Naturally, they attract honey bees and other insects.  The leaves always look as though they have just been polished to a shine.

Fiddlewood has a tendency to flop all over the place if it is in too much shade and when it wants to it will become almost vine like AND catch a bad case of mealy bugs.

I have had the most success with Fiddlewood along a fence in full sun.  Under those conditions I encounter no problems whatsoever and the plant becomes a terrific screening tool. Thick.

Just remember that Fiddlewood, to stay really healthy, needs full sunshine.

Closest plant to the Bay is about 50 feet.