The Q&A Archives: privacy bushes or trees

Question: My house is in south florida and i am looking for a privacy bush or tree that will grow about 8 to ten feet and requires very little maintenence and also that does not grow too wide. thanks for your help.

Answer: There are a number of options for such a screen. One would be a clumping type of bamboo (running types can be invasive if the roots are not contained. Other options (which may take a wide area in order to be as tall as you want) are 'Bright N Tight' Carolina Cherry Laurel (Prunus caroliniana), 'Little Gem' Magnolia, Natal Plum (Carissa) and oleander.

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