Plant ID forum: Trees (or very tall skinny bushes?) to form a screen

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Oct 15, 2013 3:01 PM CST
I would like to know what these trees are, or even names for varieties that would grow the same way: fast and medium tall with foliage all the way down, to form a narrow leafy screen, not a long bare trunk or very broad and wide.

These are growing in WA state, Issaquah, around 15-20 mile inland, but they are almost certainly imported, not local varieties.

Thanks in advance!

I'm sorry the attempt to photograph the evergreen greenery failed. They aren't needles, more like fat webbing.

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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Oct 15, 2013 3:34 PM CST

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Hard to say for certain, but it could be some sort of Arborvitae (Thuja). They commonly grow in a conical shape and, even when they don't do it naturally, are often pruned into that form.

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Oct 15, 2013 3:54 PM CST
Thanks, Kent. I think you're right. I guessed that, when someone knew the right name, it would be a recognizable, mainstream landscaping name. "Arborvitae" sounds right.

These "leaves" or "needles" look exactly right:
American Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Rheingold')

This form looks about right:
American Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd')
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DavidofDeLand
Oct 15, 2013 5:03 PM CST
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Oct 15, 2013 6:05 PM CST
Hi Rick,
Would something like Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil" work for you? They are pretty neat evergreen hollies.

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DavidofDeLand
Oct 15, 2013 6:34 PM CST
I have Sky pencil Holly. They grow really slooooooowly. Beautiful and Slooooooowly.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Oct 15, 2013 7:03 PM CST
That Sky Pencil Holly looks lovely and has the right shape, but Becky would want the screen established all the way up to deck level ASAP.

Also, amazingly, I see that someone thinks it would be invasive in WA, at least in Snohomish and King Counties!

http://www.invasiveplantatlas.org/subject.html?sub=11555

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