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Privacy Tree/Bushes side of house

Posted by NewGardenerFL SouthWest FL (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 28, 11 at 8:36

Hi, I've recently moved into a property and have a window in my family room which looks directly out to a blank stark wall of the side of my neighbour's house.

I'm looking for a fast growing tree / bush to plant outside this window to give me something pleasant to look at from the room apart from this wall!

I was told my an expert at Lowes that the Cat Palm would be a good choice - but I'm not sure this will get tall enough to provide the coverage I need!

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.

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RE: Privacy Tree/Bushes side of house

I just googled cat palm. It looks like what I call a parlor palm, an indoor plant. It does say it can be planted outside in some parts of Florida, but that it won't take direct sunlight. Maybe the person at Lowe's heard you say window and was thinking of an indoor plant for you? I can't think of anything off hand that will grow fast for you.

RE: Privacy Tree/Bushes side of house

How about putting up a trellis and planting vines? You can make the trellis whatever size you need to hide the wall, put it just outside your window, or closer to the wall, and the structure alone will give you something better to look at. I put up a trellis 7' high x 30' long to give the back yard some instant privacy. I planted a number of different vines on it. The blue sky vine is definitely taking over and is usually covered with flowers. I'd recommend that.

RE: Privacy Tree/Bushes side of house

Search old topics for bamboo. Several members have made excellent arguments for it as a fast growing privacy screen.

RE: Privacy Tree/Bushes side of house

  • Posted by abnorm Central Florida (My Page) on
    Wed, Nov 30, 11 at 9:30

Are you looking for privacy or simply an accent/view ?

What direction does the window face ?

How much room between house/window and property line ?...and again to the other house ?

How tall from the ground is your window sight line ?

RE: Privacy Tree/Bushes side of house

I was thinking bamboo or vines, too. Just make sure that any vines are evergreen and not deciduous.

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