Privacy Tree Selection
Hey everybody. I know it's been a while since I've posted. The past year was a busy one with my girlfriend opening her bakery here in town, and now moving on to opening a second location, then summer... sigh. Now it's almost time to start planting here again, and I'm ready for a few privacy trees. But I'd like opinions from the experts here :)
I had a portion of my patio removed for these new plantings, photos below. What I'd like to plant would be a row of trees (maybe 3 or 4?) to seperate my yard from my neighbor's. We're saving up to add a covered balcony to the top of our patio (which would be off the master bedroom) but this will basically overlook my neighbor's small backyard. So we need a barrier that doesn't scream "I don't want to look at the junk in your backyard" lol. Also, it would be to hide his house from view from within our backyard. He doesn't care much about appearances :/ but if he ever moves, then the next owners probably wouldn't want to sit in their backyard with just a view of us on our balcony. so this is a benefit for everyone.
That being said, I need evergreen trees that grow mainly upright, aren't terribly messy, and have a deeper root system so they don't interfere with my patio or my home's foundation. The two that have been suggested to me by local nurseries have been Ficus Benjamina, and the Australian Bottle Tree (Brachychiton Populneus). I've also considered Italian Cypress but I've yet to see one planted around here that doesn't look like it's struggling. Plus I'd really like to keep these trees about the height of the house (25-30ft). Would Black Mission Figs work or would they require too much pruning to keep them on my side of the fence? I'd really like something fairly dense, and fast growing. Maybe Hong Kong Orchids?
here's the place I would plant these trees:
here's a shot from the opposite side showing the narrow area I'm working with:
here's a shot from the yard with the house i'd like to hide from view. you can also see that this location is on the north side of my house. this photo was shot this afternoon at about 6:30. so it should be a good spot for trees that prefer afternoon shade in the summer (they'd get more sun in the winter). The row of trees would extend along the fence from the concrete area I had broken up to the bougainvillea on right of this photo:
the trees don't have to cover everything from the ground to the sky, in fact from the ground and patio i'd prefer to see the trunks of the trees with shrubs and other plantings at the base. any help, opinions, advice, or experience is appreciated :)