Fast growing Evergreen tree - Knowledgebase Question

Kingston, Ne
Question by debrasolko
April 11, 2010
I want to plant a few fast growing evergreens for privacy from my neighbor. I live in Kingston, NY in the Hudson Valley. The trees would be on the north side of the house. What do you suggest?


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Answer from NGA
April 11, 2010

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Here are a few suggestions: American Arborvitae (Thuja Occidentalis); Needles are stiff medium green color - 3 1/2" to 6 1/2" long; Good for city conditions - will withstand smoke, smog and many city growing conditions; Used for freeway windbreaks and screening; Fast growing evergreen trees - 6' in 6-7 years starting with a 3 year seedling; These evergreen trees do well in ordinary to poor soil - does equally well in limestone or acid soil; Can tolerate dry, rocky windy conditions.

Austrian Pine Evergreens (Pinus Nigra): Needles stiff medium green color - 3 1/2" to 6 1/2" long; Good for city conditions - will withstand smoke, smog and many city growing conditions; Used for windbreaks and screening; Fast growing evergreen trees - 6' in 6-7 years starting with a 3 year seedling; These evergreen trees do well in ordinary to poor soil - does equally well in limestone or acid soil; Can tolerate dry, rocky windy conditions.

Norway Spruce Evergreens (Picea Abies): The Norway Spruce are fast growing evergreen trees / Grows to 150 feet; Will reach 6' in 6 to 7 years - starting with a 3 year seedling; Needles are 1" long, dense and dark green; These evergreen trees are excellent windbreakers; Thrives well in average soil conditions, but prefers moisture in soil to maintain its deep green color.

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