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Germantown, TN 38139
Jul 4, 2020 10:44 AM CST
Please offer suggestions for new plants or how to make our Laurels grow denser.

We are in zone 7 (Memphis, TN). We currently have Cherry Laurels growing along a fence for privacy. But after 4 growing seasons, while they are taller, they are not very dense in terms of limbs, leaves, etc. We planted them for privacy and also they were a plant that wasn't really a hedge. They are on a slightly sloping hill with sprinkler heads near by. What can be done to make them grow thicker and quicker? However, I think the lack of Sun at the required level is why they are not more dense. Shade almost all the day. Any suggestions to help their growth? Would lots of fertilizer help with the density problem?

Alternatives that are concerning:
Hicks Yew (Taxus x media 'Hicksii') - we are concerned because all parts of the plant are poisonous to dogs
European Beech (Fagus sylvatica) - we saw this online as a hedge. We were really looking for a shrub that grows well in full shade but we don't really want a hedge that requires a lot of trimming.

Lockhart, Texas (Zone 8b)
Hydroponics Greenhouse Region: Texas
Jul 4, 2020 12:52 PM CST
I used silverberry, AKA wild olive, to fill in under and between Monterey white oak. Very dense. Mine gets maybe six and sometimes eight feet tall under the oaks. Occasionally throws out a longish runner if you want to cut it off. But it otherwise doesn't require much else. Also once a year produces perfume-like odor that floats across the yard. Edible fruits, too, if you want to mess with something so tiny.

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