Answer: There are two screening shrubs that do well in shade: Yews and Hollies. Irish Yews (Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata') has a columnar shape, grows 15'-30' high by 4'-8' wide, and is often used as privacy hedges; Hicks yews (Taxus ? media 'Hicksii'): has a columnar shape, 12'-20' high by 6'-10' wide. Holly (Ilex) is popular for their glossy green leaves and bright red berries. Hollies look best if kept trimmed and full. Only the females set berries, but you?ll need a male to cross pollinate. There are some new varieties that don?t require 2 sexes. Hollies prefer an acidic soil and the addition of peat or garden sulfur may be necessary. The American holly is more widely adaptable than the English holly. Depending upon cultivar, hollies generally reach 10-20' high and 5-8' wide.
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