The Q&A Archives: Trees And Or Shrubs That Have Deep And Straight Growing Roots

Question: I would like to plant trees or shrubs for a fence! I am searching for evergreen specimen(s) with deep growing roots; I am concerned that roots may damage the drive or walkway. Also, I would like evergreens trees that grow to a maximum height of approximately 8 feet and shed very little. I love to view the plants I maintain and I have a straight length of 15' to plant.

I would appreciate several suggestions (common names appreciated) and tree/shrubs that will do well in the Whittier hills that are facing the south in direction. We enjoy our garden and the beauty it provides, I am an Artist and I really appreciate the unusal also! Thank you. JoAnn


Answer: There are a number of evergreen plants suitable for hedging. Of the broadleaf evergreens, you might consider glossy Abelia, Callistemon (bottlebrush), Escallonia, Grevillea, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Tecoma capensis or Viburnum tinus. These shrubs produce flowers in the spring or summer and your decision to plant one of the selections might be based upon flower color. (Complete descriptions and growing requirements can be found in Sunset Western Garden Book). If you're more interested in a coniferous evergreen, I'd suggest Thuja (arborvitae), or spruce. These are well-behaved evergreens, drop very little litter, and do not need regular pruning to keep their size under control. Hope one of the above plants is just the one you're looking for!

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