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Evergreens for Screens

LSweeney_moderator | Posted in Mid-Atlantic Gardening on

I was recently having a conversation about using mixed evergreens to provide screening as opposed to the usual row of arborvitaes. What are some plants you have found to be good for this purpose?


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    cleangreen | | #1

    I planted 8 skip cherry laurels (5’ spacing) along one side of my property in 2017. They were appx 3’ tall and now measure appx 10’ avg height. It’s a nice evergreen screen that I’ve been able to shape into a wall appx 3-4’ thick. White flowers in the spring that are not great but the bees love them. Requires pruning once a year so low maintenance too. I would attach before and after pics but the forum has a super low file size limit.

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    LSweeney_moderator | | #2

    Great suggestion! Cherry laurel is a tried and true option!

  3. user-7821942 | | #3

    I live in zone 8a along the coast of NC and have a lot of wax myrtle (Morella cerifera) that grow naturally on my property. They are a fast growing evergreen and can be pruned or shaped as a shrubby plant or in a more tree-like form. A good native option that also tolerates shade.

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    LSweeney_moderator | | #4

    I love wax myrtle. It's so pretty!

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