Tree recommendation - Knowledgebase Question

Portola Valley, CA
Question by fanimail
September 17, 2005
We need an evergreen tree, that grows up to 25'-40', that provides: dense canopy, natural in appearance, drought tolerant, deer resistance, fast grower, clay soils, preferably grows in a taller and narrower shape than very wide round canopy shape. We are using 1-2 trees as a privacy separation between a house that is above our house by about 10'.
We are considering 1. Evergreen Ash, 2. Italian Buckthorn, 3.Carolina cherry laurel.
Do you have any recommendations?


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Answer from NGA
September 17, 2005

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Your choices are good ones, but have you considered Leyland cypress? This is a popular tree for screening and privacy plantings. You might also consider "Witchita Blue" or "Skyrocket" junipers. These are reasonably fast growing, upright plants. Or, American arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) is a tall, columnar evergreen that's a natural for planting in rows for quick screening. Hope one of these suggestions works for you in your landscape!

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