Native Habitats forum: Wax myrtle?

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Feb 18, 2019 1:00 PM CST
I am looking for a native evergreen screen to hide my neighbor's junk yard. He's one of those guys who just can't seem to say 'no' to any wheeled item (trucks, boats, tractors, lawnmowers, ATVs, you name it...) He's stores his stuff behind his storage shed which is unfortunately out of his sight, but in direct view of our back deck. Between our two properties is a pretty healthy stand of aspen which is slowly being colonized by Indian plum shrubs and of course invasive blackberries. So, in the summer things are pretty well screened. I am researching an evergreen to plant for winter screening. My initial thought is Pacific wax myrtle, Myrica californica. I am in the Pacific NW, where this is native. Per information I am gleaning online, prefers full sun but will grow in part shade. Fast grower to 15' high/wide. The site I am looking at is on the north slope of a hill, with aspens to the immediate south and the junkyard to the north (and dropped down in elevation a bit). Here's a snap from my living room window. The fence is the edge of our yard, with a stand of messy florabunda roses directly behind it. That fills in nicely during summer. Our property line is about 5' from the edge of his outbuilding and the orange truck is part of his stuff. Most of the trees between our fence and neighbor are aspens. You can see the blackberries, which I attack now and again, not too successfully. Anyone with experience with wax myrtles? Or another suggestion.

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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Feb 19, 2019 5:12 PM CST
I'm familiar with the southern wax myrtle...

It grows thin and sparse in deep shade... but usually does grow.

One of my favorite shrubs!

What kind of native hollies do y'all have out there? anything similar to ilex vomitoria?

Or... rhododendron?
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Feb 20, 2019 11:17 AM CST
I have a lot of holly, but it is a non-native invasive so I hate to encourage it. Rhodies would work. I think myrtle might be faster growing? And also provide berries for the birds. I'll have to price them both out.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Feb 20, 2019 12:36 PM CST
Bonehead said:I have a lot of holly, but it is a non-native invasive so I hate to encourage it.

That sux.
We have tons of naturals...
check this article:
http://usinggeorgianativeplant...

Too bad that mahonia doesn't really get as large as what you are seeking... perfect otherwise.

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Feb 20, 2019 1:31 PM CST
Actually mahonia might work also (the tall variety gets 10' or so for me), but I'd be leery of the sharp leaves. Neighbors have 4 small children and I like them all.
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Name: josephine
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Feb 22, 2019 7:51 AM CST
Have you considered Cherry Laurel? USDA shows it is native to California as well. Smiling
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