trees - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by pshaw19
May 12, 2009
I need to plant several trees that are fast growing for privacy and would not want Leyland trees.

Answer from NGA
May 12, 2009


Some suggestions include:
Fosters Holly (Ilex x attenuata 'Fosteri'), a dense, branching habit make this a good specimen or accent plant when sheared, or it can be left unsheared and used as a small tree. It becomes more loose and open if used unsheared in screen plantings. It is heavily berried and does not need a male plant nearby to produce fruit. It is a faster growing form of holly. (15 to 25 ft. height; 10 to 15 ft. spread).

Norway Spruce (Picea abies) is one of the fastest growing of all the spruces. As the tree grows older, the side branches become horizontal with a slight upturn at the tip. Secondary branches hang downward from the main branches, giving the tree a graceful appearance.

Eastern Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis), also called American arborvitae or white cedar, this plant is native throughout the northern half of eastern North America, especially in moist areas. At maturity, arborvitae are usually dense, pyramidal, 40 to 50 foot trees, but cultivars range from dwarf to rounded or globe shapes with foliage colors of yellow, blue, and various shades of green. Branches are erect and spreading with thin, scaly bark.

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