Help-my evergreen trees are dying

saissonMay 27, 2006

We're in a new home and spent quite a bit on landscaping.

Our backyard faces south and is in full shade. We wanted to block a large shed in the back and the landscaper suggested everygreens-Norway Spruce and White Pine. We did not know that evergreens required sun and the Spruces are dying but the pines are doing OK. I'm afraid of replacing the spruces with pines as I thought that pines required sun as well

We need a screen of at least 15 ft in order to block the shed-preferably year round. Will Canadian Hemlock thrive in full shade?

Are landscaper suggested the following choices:

Some possible options that can be used in the back border would be

Witchhazel, Blackhaw Viburnum, Serviceberry and Cornelian Cherry Dogwood.

The plants all grow to around 10-12' at maturity and are multi-stem.

I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

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janetr(Ottawa USDA 4a)

Saisson, you should ask for some kind of rebate from your landscaper for such an amateur mistake!

White pines grow to be rather large mature trees. I have one growing just outside my back fence and it's about 3 stories high and has a diameter much bigger than my admittedly tiny back yard. I don't know if it can be kept in check by pruning but it certainly wouldn't be my first choice for a hedge-like planting. I can't claim any expertise on the matter.

I hope you are taking advice from a different landscaper now, at least.

I would also suggest taking your question to the Trees or Shrubs forums. Perhaps you will get more responses that way. You could also try checking out the nearest Arboretum for expert advice.

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