It's pretty thorny but not very thick. You'd have to have a fairly large mass of it. It's a good plant to have in any event because of its multifunctionality - nitrogen fixing, nutraceutical, LOTS of Vitamin C & E, leaves can be dried for a tea. We had our first harvest of any size this year - the berries were very juicy and tasted like unsweetened orange juice. A very acceptable plant. I'm very pleased with it. But you do need male and female plants. From seed to fruit apparently is about 7 years so that's when you'd find out the sex of your seedlings.
Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly - Dalai Lama
Aye, I think I better buy a few sexed plants from the nursery to start cuttings or layering to reproduce then ? I had bought sexed plants before , to the delight of one of my horses whom molested it to death. My hedge is a s-l-o-w building shelterbelt that will likely be several varieties of plants interplanted . Good to hear of this plants value. Now I grow things out in a pot nursery area and have been cutting down on horses.
Also bois d' arc. Locally that's pronounced "bō dark". (I don't speak french, but I would have to wager that that's wrong.) There's a town by that name near here. I found out while researching these trees for living fence that it means wood of the bow. Apparently, it's strong and flexable, the best north american wood for bow making. I guess some folks prefer it over yew.
Some folks even spell it "Bodark" and have lost any memory connecting the name to its French origin.
I mowed, Leo tilled and ran the irrigation. I laid out the plants and entered them into the log as Leo poinked them into the ground. Yes that's a technical term resulting from the noise of pushing a willow into a wet and gooey place. Note that this was done today. How dry the soil is. I didn't think we'd have to irrigate to plant, but there you are. Welcome to my drought, please bring rain. I'm washing the cars and wearing my pjs inside out.