The Q&A Archives: What Type Of Tree/hedge?

Question: Hi, I live in altadena (hills) and want to know what type of trees or tall hedge you would suggest for the following situation: West facing yard, clay and granite, poorly drained soil.
1. Quick growth to shield the neighbors' second story which looks right down in our yard. The tree would have to be about 18' tall to achieve that block.
2. Evergreen
3. Not messy, but very interesting (ie: neat bark or flowers, etc)
4. Deep root system - this will be very near our garage and sidewalk so we don't want roots to disrupt those structures.
Thanks so much for any suggestions! I love your website!

Answer: Here are three very different suggestions - hope one of them appeals to you!

Pinus strobiformis, white pine, is fast growing and tolerant of heavy, poorly draining soils; Ilex vomitoria (Yaupon Holly) is adaptable to most soil conditions and makes an attractive evergreen hedge; Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo) is evergreen and produces orange berries which are popular with birds.

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