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Old 07-30-2009, 01:12 PM
 
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Default Best trees for privacy screen in backyard?

We are looking to plant a series of evergreen trees in our backyard to get some privacy. Trees that come to mind are Emerald Green Arborvitae, Leland Cypress, Thuja Green Giant.

[1] Can anyone recommend the pros/cons for each of these? Which ones would do well in the RTP area? Growth rate? Max Height? Watering requirements? Aesthetics?

[2] We need about 20 to 30 of these trees planted in the perimeter of our backyard. Are there any local nurseries that anyone would recommend where I can buy these for a reasonable price? Am willing to travel ~50 miles radius around Raleigh if I can find a reasonable deal.

Thank you all for your help!
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:23 PM
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also stay away from leland cypress,. they have shallow roots and uproot quickly in storms, eleagnus is another one to avoid. needs alot of pruning to keep it looking nice. Why don't you consider planing several different types of evergreen and decidious? As a designer I hate the marching soldier look. mixing gives a more natural look. and remember anything that grows fast is also pretty short lived and/or has weak root system.
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:25 PM
 
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also stay away from leland cypress,. they have shallow roots and uproot quickly in storms, eleagnus is another one to avoid. needs alot of pruning to keep it looking nice. Why don't you consider planing several different types of evergreen and decidious? As a designer I hate the marching soldier look. mixing gives a more natural look. and remember anything that grows fast is also pretty short lived and/or has weak root system.
I'd like to stay away from deciduous trees because I do NOT like to rake leaves in the Fall. Thats a big NO NO for us.
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:28 PM
 
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I'd try to go for a mix - it always looks a little strange to have this perfect line of trees (usually Leyland Cypress). I like more of a natural look personally.

You might look at some hollies - some get quite large, and the glossy leaves are attractive.
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:35 PM
 
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Also take a look at bamboo.
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:27 PM
 
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I am not an expert, but was curious to see the trees...and I landed here...

Living Fences Evergreen Privacy Screens Living Fence Options
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:29 PM
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Agreed on avoiding Leyland Cypress.

How high do you want the screen to be when mature?
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:48 PM
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OMG Who said bamboo? Your worst enemy? See past threads about bamboo. There is no such thing as a good bamboo. My skin crawls to think somebody recommended that.
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:49 PM
 
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I agree with everyone on varying your plants which you can still accomplish with a variety of evergreens. I personally have had great success with Green Giants. I planted about ten 4' tall green giants last spring now the are roughly 8-9' tall. Impressive and hardy plants. I bought all ten of them at Broadwells in Angier for $50 total.
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:09 PM
 
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Leland Cypress are not great; 2 of ours have fallen.
Someone also said Holly, and we have a "wall" of holly bushes on one side of the yard that have grown to about 25ft. high.
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