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Pyracantha. Native to south east Asia. Some will grow to 6m high, but they can be pruned. Has very sharp, long spikes. Flowering evergreen with autumn/winter berries.Berberis. Some species also native to Asia. Very similar to the Pyracantha but smaller, with shorter spikes. Flowering deciduous and evergreen varieties. Autumn/winter/spring berries. Some berries have culinary and/or medicinal uses.Both of these make good protective hedging due to the multitude of spikes, are good for decoration, supply a vast quantity of berries (good for birds) are fairly fast growing and can be pruned without damage to the plant.
Does Oleander grow well down there?Oleander grows well in warm subtropical regions, where it is extensively used as an ornamental plant in landscapes, parks, and along roadsides. It is drought tolerant and will tolerate occasional light frost down to -10°C, 14F . It is commonly used as a decorative freeway median in California and other mild-winter states in the Continental United States because deer will not eat it due to its high toxicity, it is tolerant of a variety of poor soils, and drought tolerant. It can also be grown in cooler climates in greenhouses and conservatories, or as indoor plants that can be kept outside in the summer. Oleander flowers are showy and fragrant and are grown for these reasons. Over 400 cultivars have been named, with several additional flower colours not found in wild plants having been selected, including red, purple, pink and orange; white and a variety of pinks are the most common. Many cultivars also have double flowers. Young plants grow best in spaces where they do not have to compete with other plants for nutrients.Wikipedia - Oleander