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09-09-2009, 02:08 AM
Got a lady that wants some screening plants other than leyland cypress or emerald arbs. Suggests some big nelly stevens holly's but she doesn't have the $$$ for them. Any other suggestions???

09-09-2009, 08:17 AM
Most broadleaf evergreens, like holly, are costly for large screening and are not fast growing. A lot of the needle-leaf evergreens are going to get wide at the bottom and need full sun.

The first thing that she should determine is whether or not she needs year 'round foliage because she can get a lot more bang for the buck with deciduous plants like privet for a hedge, or mixing shrubs with some good screening trees such as clump river birch if she needs high screening.

ron mexico75
09-09-2009, 08:35 AM
There are various types of Cryptomeria (Japanese Cedar) that are very nice. Similar to an arborvitae and cypress as far as usefulness as screening. Much nicer though.

Could also use English Laurel or even Bayberry which is very fast growing. Maybe Chinese Photinia which has larger leaves then the red tips and isn't susceptible to the fungus that has been killing off the red tips.

09-09-2009, 12:27 PM
try arb 'green giants' same price as lelands, doesnt get the bagworms that they do and are deer resistant ...more cone shaped and narrower than lelands but get the same ht.

09-20-2009, 10:49 PM
I have a friend in SC who has ligustrum mixed in with some tea olives as a privacy screen

09-23-2009, 07:30 PM
Waxleaf ligustrum, wax myrtle, ealiagnus, and osmanthus(tea olive) are several that I use often.
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09-23-2009, 08:24 PM
Dont wax myrtles look sortive bare in the winter?

09-23-2009, 10:27 PM
Not here in north Mississippi. Wax ligustrum and wax myrtle are two of the most vigorous growing screening plants locally. Others climates might be different , but no defoliation here.
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ron mexico75
09-28-2009, 10:48 AM
Dont wax myrtles look sortive bare in the winter?

Kind of, it depends on how far south you are. Here in VA they kind of thin out and turn a semi bronze color. Very fast growing though.

Ligustrum freaking STINKS!!!!! in the spring when it blooms, surprised nobody mentioned that.

I agree that illiagnus is a very good screening plant. Think and fast growing. It's a pain if you want it to look like it's kept though. You''ll have to be trimming it at least twice a month. If not and it's going to grow wild and have a natural look, then I would say go for it.

10-11-2009, 10:29 PM
Ligustrum has a fragrance much like a Gardenia. Smells very plesant if you ask me.
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10-14-2009, 08:09 PM
DUDE use PRIVET HEDGE.. I have it and it grows at an extremly fast rate, up to 15 feet tall. Looks just like a solid green wall.... I got mine on E bay 300 plants was like 75 bucks. they came with no dirt just the plant and roots. Stick them inthe dirt and water...... Mine started out at about 8 inches tall and are now about 2 feet. just 4 months worth.

10-14-2009, 10:58 PM
Privet defoliates in the fall almost cometely, then flushes out really thick in the spring.
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10-15-2009, 12:17 AM
try arb 'green giants' same price as lelands, doesnt get the bagworms that they do and are deer resistant ...more cone shaped and narrower than lelands but get the same ht.

Problem is these look similar to emeralds..only much crappier...and they grow REALLY tall fast.

10-15-2009, 11:50 AM
Privet is invasive but grows like crazy and easy to trim albeit frequently. Does defoliate around here.

Wax myrtle gets my vote but have used ligustrum too.

10-16-2009, 08:56 AM
Here in the north, Yankee country, I like the Burning Bush (Euonymus alata "Compactus"). It is less invasive than the Privet, which makes it more manageable, the fall color is really a stand out to whatever work you have done, and the berries add color and feed the birdies in the winter. Though, I am unaware of your seasonal change, and if it is something that would work for the south. I also like any variety of box woods.

10-16-2009, 09:00 AM
ha ha, yes burning bush too defoliates after it's fall show.
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10-17-2009, 09:09 AM
Use Phylostachys 'vivax' or 'spectabilis' . You will need a root guard for these but they grow in extremely thick, are very beautiful and best of all, down to zone 5/6 will remain evergreen. Time to get away from the "norm". Try it, you and your client won't be dissapointed.