Trees and Shrubs forum: Fast growing evergreen type tree good for PA

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KGilbert01
May 5, 2017 7:36 AM CST
Hi everyone!

We recently purchased a new home surrounded by farmland. Unfortunately we have a direct view of a furniture manufacturer in the distance and are hoping to block it off with some landscaping.

We are interested in a faster-growing evergreen type of tree that would make a good wind break - as we are also surrounded by much open space and could really use something that is sturdy in windy conditions. And we need something that (hopefully) the deer do not enjoy as much Smiling

We love the look of the Leyland Cyprus but have been told that is out because it does not hold up well to wind. We are not particularly fond of any type of arborvitae as they are too manicured/too tall and skinny. Not sure if my dream tree exists but I could use some advice!

Thank you so much!
Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
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Pistil
May 5, 2017 6:22 PM CST
Hi KGilbert-
We need to know where you live-this is super important. Different trees for farm country in Kansas, Texas, Alabama, or Idaho!
Name: Sue
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sooby
May 5, 2017 7:03 PM CST
Welcome! (Mary, the title says PA).

This publication from Penn State on windbreaks might be useful:

http://extension.psu.edu/publi...
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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ViburnumValley
May 5, 2017 7:23 PM CST
The poster should give us more than just the state. Pennsylvania has an amazingly diverse set of conditions, depending on whether you are near Lake Erie or the Delaware River; in the Poconos or in the Alleghenies; whether you are in Pittsburgh or Philadelphia.

A town, a county - which would help to understand which hardiness zone this will have to grow in - and a bit about the soils would be good to know, too. One can always recommend Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus) but I'd rather have more complete information.
John
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
May 5, 2017 7:51 PM CST
FWIW The Penn State publication above does divide the tree recommendations into different areas of PA.

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