Micshief, oh, windbreak! Drought tolerant? Easy to live with? Elaeagnus! It's invincible, drought tolerant, disease tolerant. The old growth has thorns, but I never get that far. I get lots of clippings off of it for composting. It's evergreen. I have one called silverberry. It can get (3.5 meters) 10 feet if you let it, but I keep it easily at 2 meters.
"Life flows on within you and without you"...George Harrison
Coastal California, USA, Mediterranean climate - no summer rain, a little frost mid-winter