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Old 03-21-2005, 06:57 PM
richardlewis richardlewis is offline
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What kind of shrub do you guys recommend...

I have a customer who wants some type of shrub planted around her a/c unit. She doesn't want any evergreens but wants it to be easy to take care of. I live in Pennsylvania. Any ideas.

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Old 03-21-2005, 07:22 PM
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Try to talk her into some type of Arbor Vidae. I know she doesn't want evergreens but these plants are pretty much hassle free and stand up to unfavorable conditions fairly well. How about the Rhingold variety, they will not be green all year.
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Old 03-21-2005, 07:27 PM
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hey man use some burning bushes or some ornamental grasses both look nice an hide ac units well any more questions look me up thanks george
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Old 03-21-2005, 07:29 PM
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Old 03-21-2005, 07:43 PM
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Old 03-22-2005, 07:28 AM
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How about Nandina (Heavenly Bamboo)?
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Old 03-22-2005, 07:45 AM
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plant material

It appears you are near Pittsburgh.
Nandina won't survive
Rheingold arborvitae will winterburn and break in the snow and won't get big enough fast enough for a screen
Photinia grows to 8-12' tall but never in Pittsburgh, it's too cold to survive
Burning bush need a good 4-6' width to form the barrier, do you have the room? The constant air flow and heat blowing out the top of the unit lends itself to future problems with spider mites, but an oil spray yearly will keep that in check.

Something with less problems and a similar look would be dwarf korean lilac or Miss Kim. Arrowwood viburnum will grow more upright and the foliage is thick during the summer. Dwarf redtwig dogwood, Ivory Halo, will also work for you in that spot.

Good luck
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Old 03-22-2005, 07:51 AM
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is it colder in pitt than in jersey? they do fine here, and grow like an inch a day. i just trim them 2x per season. great cover up plant, with nice red leaves
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Old 03-22-2005, 09:07 PM
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Hey bobby its definitly colder in pitts. than in jersey. most winters here in pa. average temp is around 15 - 30 degrees with lows hitting 5 above to 0 degrees. maybe plant some red twig dogwoods, korean dwarf lilac, sand cherry, ornamental grass or you could go with the seems to be landscapers favorite holly bush!!!!
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Old 03-23-2005, 12:43 PM
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is it colder in pitt than in jersey? they do fine here, and grow like an inch a day. i just trim them 2x per season. great cover up plant, with nice red leaves

Depends were in jersey you are talking about.

'down the shore'...say ocean county/cape may county is going to be different than hunterdon/warren counties.
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