What Kind Of Shrub Can I Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Scotts Valley, CA
Question by gary_rockow
November 23, 2002
I need to plant some of those tall juniper shrubs as a privacy screen along our fence, near our pool. My question is this: How much soil depth to they require for their root system? I was thinking of planting two or three close together in a 7'x 2' area. Also, which variety is the best for this location and use?

Thanks so much!


Answer from NGA
November 23, 2002


Thuja, also called Arborvitae, make excellent privacy screens. They have an upright, columnar growth habit and can be trimmed for a uniform look. They grow only 2'-3' in width, but upwards of 20' (keep them lower with pruning). The roots will require soil 12"-18" in depth. Since your planting area is only 2' wide, Thuja seems to be the best choice.

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