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best cover trees in woods

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by nick21, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. nick21

    nick21 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    they will get some sun but not much. Any pines etc good for blocking and cover in woods? Leyland Cypress are supposed to need more than that as far as sun. Thanks
  2. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,616

    hollies, magnolias, nothing in the juniper families, maybe white pines.
  3. nick21

    nick21 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    Thanks I appreciate it
  4. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,776

    Typically needle-leaf evergreens need full sun. Broadleafs usually tolerate shade. Some of the scale-leafed plants like Green Giant Arborvitae or Hinoki Cypress tolerate some shade.

    Big shade tolerant evergreens generally equals big money. Size wise, the best bang for the buck is probably Green Giant Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata 'Green Giant').
  5. grntmbfisher

    grntmbfisher LawnSite Member
    from NH
    Messages: 61

    If you don't get much sun, Pines aren't going to be a good option. You could use some of the taller varieties of Yews such as 'Hicksi'. Flowering Dogwoods make a nice tree for shaded areas but they will do better with dappled or some sunlight.

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