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Question: I have a rental property in Chandler, AZ. What can I plant along the west side to provide shade and decrease ac cost? Narrow side yard. Fast growing. Roots that won't harm foundation.

Answer: Fast growing but non invasive eliminates the standard ficus, oleander and bottle brush but hibiscus, Texas sage, Mexican honeysuckle and cassia are all fast growing shrubs. Cassia and hibiscus will cast the densest shade and both will grow 8-10' tall (and nearly as wide). Best wishes with your landscape.

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