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California (Zone 9b)
ferne97
Mar 19, 2017 6:49 PM CST
There is a two story house facing our backyard and was looking to plant some privacy trees along the fence line. Just looking for some suggestions. I like the "Emerald Green Arborvitae" trees but they only grow to 10ft, the two story house is about 20-25 ft I would guess. There isn't much room between the fence and the grass either, maybe 3 - 5 feet.

Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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pepper23
Mar 19, 2017 8:10 PM CST
Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Sky Pencil Holly (ilex crenata)-might be marginal in your zone and can be a slow grower
Spartan Juniper is another one that might work (Juniperus chinensis 'Spartan')


Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 19, 2017 8:49 PM CST
Cupressus sempervirens would do great in your area. They grow very tall, rather quickly and stay narrow. They are the tall narrow trees often seen in cemetaries.
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California (Zone 9b)
ferne97
Mar 21, 2017 11:56 AM CST
Thanks for the suggestions, I was thinking about the "Thuja Green Giants" Arborvitae (Thuja 'Green Giant') but not sure if they are too large for that area. Not a fan of the super narrow ones but might have to go with something like the Italian Cypress. Just not sure something that narrow will offer much privacy.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 21, 2017 12:04 PM CST
You plant them close together; spacing is 3 - 4 feet trunk to trunk.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 21, 2017 12:09 PM CST
There is always clumping bamboo. It comes in several heights and shades of green - and, no, it will not invade your lawn.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 21, 2017 12:11 PM CST
Operative word "clumping". Smiling

It does grow fast, gets tall and is way prettier than those cypress.
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Mar 22, 2017 12:42 AM CST
You could try a Nellie R Stevens Holly. About 25' tall mature, fast growing, and evergreen. Which matters in the winter months.

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