Screen plants - Knowledgebase Question

Dana Point, Ca
Question by dyoung2000
June 15, 2010
I need 4-5 ft privacy screen. Grass one side, hardscape patio otherside. Recommendations include pitisporin bushes. Can these be pruned enough to keep small without becoming woody/Other sugesstions?? Want to plant roses and color on either side of screen. Thanks

Answer from NGA
June 15, 2010


As long as you regularly prune woody evergreens such as a pittosporum, it will remain thick and full. If you neglect pruning for a few years and then try to reduce the size, they will be bare and woody. The key is to start pruning when they are small and prune each spring. Pittosporum is a good choice, as are some the the more compact viburnums. Arrowood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) will mature at 6-8 ft but you can keep it smaller. It is a rounded, multi-stemmed, dense shrub. Compact American Cranberrybush (Viburnum trilobum ?Compactum?) grows to 4-5ft at maturity. It has rounded light green grape-leaf shaped foliage that turns dark red in the fall.

If you need something narrow and tall, try arborvitae or nandina (heavenly bamboo). Hope this information is helpful.

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