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Queens, NY
Jun 17, 2020 6:51 AM CST
Hello. We live in zone 7b. We would like to plant a 30 foot long privacy hedge with Thuja Green Giant. The two concerns are:
18 feet gets sunlight, 12 gets partial sunlight, 4 feet are almost full shade. The back of the hedge would face East and the front would face West (the back of our house faces East).

The second issue is spacing. Our yard is not large - total space is 30x28. We need to run the privacy fence within an allotted 4 foot wide space. There would be an additional 2 feet of grass in front of the hedge before our patio begins. We plan on keeping the hedge at 10-12 feet tall.
Will this idea of ours work?
We have a dog and can not plant skip laurel or hicks yew as they are more toxic to dogs than the Thuja. Any advice is most welcome!
The included picture is of my neighbors wooden fence that would be behind our thuja hedge with the patio in the forefront.

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jun 17, 2020 10:58 AM CST

I think Thuja Green Giant is the wrong choice. Have you looked at Thuja occidentalis? I'm not sure how any arborvitae would do in shade.
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