Trees and Shrubs forum: Understory Ornamental Trees

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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Oct 19, 2016 12:48 AM CST
Several years ago, I had junky trees cut down that were shading my vegetable garden. To my surprise, brambles and briars grew up from nowhere.

I can cut them down, but I don't want to keep fighting them every year. So my plan is to plant the area with ornamental trees like Sourwoods, Star Magnolias, and Korean Dogwoods.

Those won't grow tall enough to shade my garden, but they should shade the ground around them to prevent the briars and brambles from regrowing.

Or so I hope. Is this a reasonable strategy? It is a half-shade area.
Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
Oct 21, 2016 7:30 PM CST
It's worth a try; if nothing else, you'll have ornamental trees to enjoy while you're weeding Smiling
You might still have volunteer brambles popping up for a while, though. I know that Smilax rotundifolia (Greenbrier), for one, grows vigorously even in part shade.

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