Woven wire and steel posts! Anyone know what the flood tolerance of loblolly x pitch pine is?
Can't say for flooding but I have some planted over several years beginning 8 years ago in a very wet clay bottom in KY. They have wet feet all winter and spring, a good bit of the autumn, and sometimes in summer. This area has a bunch of terrestrial crawfish and even in mid summer when you look down their holes there is often standing water 12" to 18" below the surface. I have lost very few LLP and most are growing like weeds. Much faster than the norways and white pine I tried in the same area.
Above shows a couple. Immediately right of the leftmost LLP is a 10 year old Norway, next tree going right is also a 10 yr Norway, then a young LLP, and finally a big (20+') LLP on right. Can't say for certain that both big LLPs are 8 years in the ground but know that it hasn't been longer than that.
Obviously they aren't the best long term screen but I should have planted one row of Norways instead of two, and planted that other row entirely in LLP to get a faster screen.
On the outer edge (next to the little stream which is right next to the road), there's a row of silky and gray dogwoods. They do a great job of screening while the leaves are on. They actually do a fair job of muddying the view even in winter, now that they've had 10 years to do their thicket-forming thing.
In this pic you can see the red silkies on the left, then two rows of various evergreens. There's a row of pin oaks against the field.