The Q&A Archives: part sun/wooded area

Question: What type of evergreen tree can I plant in light to fliter light around a pool area for a screen? It is surround by a heavy wooded area. Would the emerald green work?

Answer: If by the emerald green you are thinking of an arborvitae, this might work but only if the planting spot receives at least six hours of direct sun a day, including the hour of noon. Most needled evergreens, including arborvitaes, really need a full sun location to stay healthy and dense. If the area receives bright filtered light all day, or bright dappled light all day, or morning only sun, you might consider using one of the Catawba rhododendrons. These are available with a range of mature sizes depending on cultivar. To some extent too the selection will depend on what kind of soil is there, if there are competing tree roots, and how much space is available for the plant to reach mature size. Your local county extension and/or professionally trained nursery staff should be able to help you analyze the growing conditions where you want to plant and then select something that would do well there. Good luck with your new planting!

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