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Old 09-22-2008, 09:26 AM
 
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Leland Cypress is exactly what you DON'T want right now. Canker disease is wiping these out in Charlotte right now.
I've seen some around town that don't look good, but all around us they are fine (so far I guess!). Hadn't heard that they had become infested with canker disease - what a shame!
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Old 09-22-2008, 09:30 AM
 
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I've seen some around town that don't look good, but all around us they are fine (so far I guess!). Hadn't heard that they had become infested with canker disease - what a shame!
Hey, Loves! Yes, nothing makes a screen like Leylands, IMHO. It has broken my heart to see so many damaged. There is no known chemical to control the problem!!! So what one has to do is just check them carefully and remove any signs of infestation immediately. And not only remove it - you have to use alcohol to dip your clippers in after each cut. That is how easily this mess is spread. The drought has weakened them and made them susceptible. I am sooooooo careful w/ ours and so far no problems but I could wake up tomorrow and see something . . .
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Old 09-22-2008, 09:39 AM
 
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I was going to go with the Leylands too but I don't want to have to deal with Canker Disease. I think I will go with the Nellie Stevens Holly. Does anyone know where in the area I can get some. I live in Lincoln County.
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:26 AM
 
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What about Bamboo? I didn't realize that it grows so well in NC until I saw it at the Biltmore and the NC Zoo.
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:52 AM
 
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What about Bamboo? I didn't realize that it grows so well in NC until I saw it at the Biltmore and the NC Zoo.
As Flexysteve warned, it is more work because it is so invasive and should be contained. You need to trench and put in a barrier to keep the bamboo where you want it.

Containing bamboo - Fine Gardening Question & Answer
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Old 09-22-2008, 12:13 PM
 
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To add. Bamboo grows in most of the contiguous US (I doubt any type would survive in AK) The running type is more invasive but also the only type that will survive in colder climates. Clumping bamboo isn't as invasive but you cannot confine it to a narrow area and it isn't as cold hardy. I plan to get Arrow bamboo Psuedosasa japonica and it grows about 12 to 15 ft tall. Usually the bigger the bamboo the more invasive they are.
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Old 09-23-2008, 04:06 PM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions - Has anyone ever seen a living fence made from a combination of plants so that it looks less like a solid wall of green?
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Old 09-23-2008, 04:23 PM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions - Has anyone ever seen a living fence made from a combination of plants so that it looks less like a solid wall of green?
Yes, I've seen boxwood mixed with roses. I've also seen boxwood with flowering vines lacing through.
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Old 09-24-2008, 07:05 AM
 
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there is a tree that looks a lot like leyland cypress but it is not, it is called cryptomeria. we have 3 of them in our yard, they are disease resistant and were recommended as the better alternative to the leyland cypress.

they are beautiful and have grown quickly, I think they are much more attractive, a brighter green and a more feathery look.

They are more expensive but will be well worth it. I think I remember the guy saying the roots get deeper also. The leyland cypresses can blow over pretty easily in an ice storm. we had a huge one blow over once.

don't forget wax myrtle as a great screen and fast growing screen. you would just want to make sure you have room for some growth. and plant something pretty in front.
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