Texas Gardening forum: Need medium tall evergreen tree for shady area

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Name: Betsy
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Nov 17, 2016 4:15 PM CST
My DH is wanting fast growing evergreen tree as a screen. It will be along fence line (neighbors oleanders, tall palms, on the other side of fence). There are gaps so he wants to block those gaps. This area is shady most of the day. Right now there are cast iron plants along the fence.

So what do you recommend?

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Name: Sandi
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Nov 17, 2016 7:30 PM CST


I'm getting ready to plant a loquat along the fenceline. It should stay under 8 ft wth trimming,,or get taller if we let it go. It was a cutting that came here as a 3 ft shrub. It grew into a fine specimen, and is full of buds now. I would have planted it sooner, but I didn't think I had a space for it.

If we weren't on limestone, I would love to have cherry laurels along our fenceline. They're evergreen and really form a screen.
Name: Porkpal
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Nov 17, 2016 10:03 PM CST
If Loquat is too tall, how about Nandina?
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Nov 21, 2016 4:29 PM CST
Cherry Laurel sounds like a great suggestion to me. Smiling
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