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shrub under ancient maple?

Posted by dressage z6 NC (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 17, 03 at 21:22

Hi--in order to screen view of neighbor's house I need something tall and wide that will survive under an old maple with large roots. I have a shrub screen down the property line up to the dripline of the maple. Is a shrub even possible, or should I try trellised vines, which will look odd under a tree. Ideas welcome!

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RE: shrub under ancient maple?

  • Posted by Cady 6b MA (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 24, 03 at 13:37

An unusual solution would be to try bamboo. Believe it or not, there are species that are not aggressive, but that will grow in dry shade and around tree roots.

I have a species called Sasa senanensis. It gets about 11' tall, has palm like leaves, and is evergreen in zone 6. It is thriving underneath a large Norway maple that hogs light, rain and nutrients.

There are other species that will do well too - Sasa palmata, Pseudosasa japonica. They are not invasive and require little care. Just snip unwanted sprouts once a year to keep them contained.

The link is for a bamboo nursery that has a good catalog with photos and descriptions. You can look up the species I mentioned above if you're interested in finding out more.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bamboo source

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