The Q&A Archives: Evergreen Tree For Shade

Question: We are planning to plant 5 Douglas Fir Trees in a wooded area for screening. The wooded area is not completely dense and is made up of all deciduous trees. Will the Douglas Firs survive in this location without full sun, or is there a much better choice for planting here? We are trying to stay away from Hemlocks because of Woolley Adelgid.

Answer: Unfortunately, most needled evergreens require more sun than they will receive in a wooded area. You might consider some of the broad leafed evergreens instead. Laurel and some of the rhododendrons can grow quite large and provide screening, as can some of the leatherleafed viburnums.

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