Shrubs for "design" & privacy - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jemixon
August 15, 2010
Seeking to hide a chain linked fence with a nice

Answer from NGA
August 15, 2010
Camellias prefer to grow in the shade so I'm assuming that's the exposure of the area you'd like to plant. If it's a sunny spot, that, and not the termites in the railroad ties are probably why they did not thrive. Miscanthus likes sun so it may not be the best choice for the area if the area is in shade. I guess to cover all the bases, I'll share a couple of suggestions for shrubs that tolerate both sun and shade:

Arrowwood viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) is well-suited for use as a hedge plant for Georgia as its upright branches spread to create a dense plant. Displaying dark green leaves and cream-hued flowers, arrowwood viburnum is found in wet sites close to areas of water such as streambeds. Native to Georgia, this hedge plant thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers moist, loam or sandy soil. This deciduous shrub grows to a height and width of 6 to 15 feet.

Small anise tree (Illicium parviflorum), also referred to as the yellow anise tree, adds to the Georgia landscape in the form of a hedge plant with an upright pyramidal shape. This evergreen is considered a large shrub or small tree and displays fragrant, light green foliage with tiny yellow-green flowers. Prune occasionally to maintain desired shape. Found near streams, small anise thrives in full sun to light shade with a preference for moist soil; the greater the exposure to the sun, the denser the plant becomes. Small anise trees grow to a height of 8 to 15 feet and a width of 6 to 10 feet.

Southern wax myrtle (Morella cerifera or Myrica cerifera) is highly effective as a hedge plant for Georgia due to its abundance of stems and broad growth habit. This broadleaf evergreen shrub, also considered a small tree, displays fragrant green foliage and fragrant berries in a blue-gray hue on female plants. Found in wet coastal sites and dry sands, the Southern wax myrtle thrives in full sun to light shade and prefers moist soil. This hedge plant reaches a height and width of 15 to 20 feet.

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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