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Shrub Recom. for Shaded Area

Posted by CactusGirly Arizona (My Page) on
Mon, May 13, 13 at 17:55

We have a backyard surrounded by view fencing. In the Northwest corner we have two large Sissoo trees. We are looking for a nice, evergreen shrub to provide privacy in that area. The shrub would get morning sun, but would be in shade most of the time, under the Sissoos. Looking for it to be about 4-5 feet high, 5-6 feet long. Soil is dry, but has drip irrigation. Nothing poisonous to dogs. Help?

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RE: Shrub Recom. for Shaded Area

What about pittosporum? The variegated varieties are pretty for shade, and they tolerate salty soils, which is great for this area.

RE: Shrub Recom. for Shaded Area

Some plants prefer morning sun ... Diclyptera, and that evergreen shrub I can never remember, with deep green leaves and white fragrant flowers and thorns. (ADDING: it's Natal plum, Carissa Macrocarpa)

And the succulents: many agaves and yuccas prefer afternoon shade, as do Sanseverias and many aloes. Mother of millions, some of the jasmines, desert nicotiana (white fragrant flowers on rambling sprawly shrub)

You can also grow spider plants outdoors here, and asparagus ferns.

This post was edited by lazygardens on Wed, May 15, 13 at 15:18

RE: Shrub Recom. for Shaded Area

How about Aucuba Japonica? It's a beautiful shrub that will grow in shade. Or nandina, aka Heavenly Bamboo. If you're looking for a shrub that screens views from the ground up, it's a great choice.

Here is a link that might be useful: Aucuba Japonica

RE: Shrub Recom. for Shaded Area

Thank you all for the recommendations. Tomatofreak - I will definitely check out Heavenly Bamboo, as privacy screening is our top concern.

RE: Shrub Recom. for Shaded Area

I think you'd like nandina then; it stays full from top to bottom. The one next door is about 6' tall. I don't know why this plant doesn't come up more often when folks talk about wanting a privacy hedge. It's full, it's evergreen and it needs very little care.

RE: Shrub Recom. for Shaded Area

Dang, I forgot to post the link!

Here is a link that might be useful: Heavenly Bamboo

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