The Q&A Archives: Green Spire Euonymous and Green Tower Boxwood

Question: I have a space that is 2 feet wide by 8 feet long that I want to plant a hedge. The space is between 2 porches, so the shrubs really can't get much wider than 2 ft or else they will need to be trimmed. I don't want the shrub height to be much more than 8 feet tall. I would like the shrubs to be evergreen and not pine. The space receives several hours of direct sunlight in the afternoon now. I have been thinking of either the green spire euonymous, green tower boxwood or green mountain boxwood to use as hedge material. However, I see conflicting information regarding sun requirements - anything from full sun to shade - and I'm worried that my spot may be too shady. Which of these plants would be best suited for my area? Or, can you suggest a more suitable shrub? thanks for your help. Renee

Answer: Both Green Spire and Green Tower will adapt to growing in full sun to light shade (but not deep, dark shade). Of the two, Green Spire Euonymus has the growth habit most closely matching the space you describe and will need less maintenance than the boxwoods. I'd choose these plants and space them about 2' apart. You'll have a privacy screen in a few short years.

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