Screening/Privicy plants

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by 12Valve, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. 12Valve

    12Valve LawnSite Member
    from NC
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    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???
     
  2. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    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.
     
  3. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    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.
     
  4. tinye

    tinye LawnSite Member
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    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.
     
  5. Dieselnut

    Dieselnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a friend in SC who has ligustrum mixed in with some tea olives as a privacy screen
     
  6. johnsonslawnmanagement

    johnsonslawnmanagement LawnSite Senior Member
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    Waxleaf ligustrum, wax myrtle, ealiagnus, and osmanthus(tea olive) are several that I use often.
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  7. Dieselnut

    Dieselnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Dont wax myrtles look sortive bare in the winter?
     
  8. johnsonslawnmanagement

    johnsonslawnmanagement LawnSite Senior Member
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    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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  9. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    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. johnsonslawnmanagement

    johnsonslawnmanagement LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ron,
    Ligustrum has a fragrance much like a Gardenia. Smells very plesant if you ask me.
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