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Need drought tolerant, shade tolerant evergreen

Posted by chapelguy 6 (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 28, 10 at 6:49

Hi. I have an ugly cinder block building abutting my property and I'd like something to help blot it out. The ideal plant would be able to grow around 10-12' tall, rather quickly, be drought resistant, shade tolerant, and preferably evergreen. Can anyone suggest something for this situation?


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RE: Need drought tolerant, shade tolerant evergreen

I'd start with laurels -- Japanese laurel (Aucuba japonica...likely marginally hardy for you) or English/cherry laurel, Prunus laurocerasus. Growth with these is generally fairly rapid, but will be slower in drier conditions, so irrigation to help establishment is suggested. Yews are also extremely shade and drought tolerant but with a relatively slow growth rate.


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RE: Need drought tolerant, shade tolerant evergreen

I use Hicks yews.


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