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Old 03-12-2018, 07:33 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I am in zone 8 and looking for both "pretty" and privacy. More pretty side. Full sun. I want it to be tall sort of like a tree
If you are zone 8, you could use a magnolia, too. Are you married to the idea of evergreen? Iíve been introducing more deciduous trees and shrubs lately, because I like how they are all new and fresh in the spring. If you are open to it, crape myrtle, dogwood, flowering cherry, or redbud would fit the bill.
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Old 03-12-2018, 12:30 PM
 
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I had a nice stand of leucotho ( maybe fontanesiana) when we moved in. They seem to have been fairly new plantings. They are extremely easy to care for. And really took off. Got wider as well as taller and get annual pretty tendrils of white flowers. They can be a green area that is functional cover or some pretty design. I run mine together like a leafy hedge. I was thinking I'd need more to extend past the edge of the house for a more flowing feel but the last few spread so much I didn't need extras.

They are on the south side of the house at the end of the driveway but there are trees on both sides of the driveway and across the road so they get some of that dappled light rather than full on sun. They also get some western sun sideways thru trees as the sun is making its way in the afternoon.
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Old 03-12-2018, 12:37 PM
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Location: Norwich, UK
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Loquat, rhododendron, laurel, camellia.
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Old 03-12-2018, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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You don't say where you are, but I'm, thinking an evergreen Viburnum.
I love some of the Viburnums.

I couldn't give you a point.
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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The Thuja Green Giant arborvitae will grow 3 ft a year and is huge. See Google for description.
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:15 PM
 
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Magnolia 'Sweet Thing' might work.

https://www.clemson.edu/cafls/vincen...ne2014_p20.pdf
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:44 PM
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Location: 46060, Hardiness zone 5b/6a
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Various species of Holly, golden euonymus, camellias, dwarf cultivars of Southern Magnolia would all likely be good choices for your hardiness zone(depending on other factors like exposure and soil type).
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Old 03-16-2018, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I agree with crepe myrtle. You can get varieties that are very shrub-like, so they're full all the way up, and would fit your height requirements, too.

https://www.crapemyrtle.com/store/c1...e_Myrtles.html

The above link goes to their cold hardy varieties, in case you would need them, but they have a large catalog.

I actually contacted the above company about varieties last fall, and they emailed me back and gave me lots of free advice. Good customer service. I ended up buying locally at a sale I couldn't refuse. But, I'd buy from the above based on their customer service and knowledge. FWIW.

I bought a dwarf Zuni lavender variety for my balcony here in CA. It's leafing out. I hope it blooms this year. I think they're so pretty, and they bloom a long time.

EDIT: Oh, duh, they aren't evergreen, though. Woops. In that case, rhododendron lol. I don't like any of the cedar/juniper trees. They are prone to pests and you can't trim them easily. If you trim them past green growth, it stays brown and won't grow any new green growth, so you're limited in how you can prune them.
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Old 03-17-2018, 05:59 PM
 
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Camellia japonica
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Old 03-17-2018, 09:24 PM
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Location: Ontario
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You don't say where you are, but I'm, thinking an evergreen Viburnum.
Not specically but OP said NC...North Carolina....probably zone 7b to 8a, maybe zone 8b.

Viburnum would be a good choice there.
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