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Which other evergreen trees go well with Little Gem Magnolias

Posted by aukumar 7b (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 1, 14 at 4:29

Hi Gardeners,
I have about 8 little gem magnolias along a fence line to have a privacy screen along the edge. The 7 ft trees were planted about 5 ft apart, 2 years ago. They are about 8 ft tall now. Looks like these magnolias will not provide privacy screen soon and am looking for a 18 ft screen.
Can I include any other fast growing evergreen tree in between these magnolias? If so, which ones go well. Please suggest a few evergreens for Zone 7b. that need very little maintenance.
I was thinking about Carolina Laurel Cherry or Red tip photonia or Ficus Nitida (a.k.a Indian Laurel) or a holly. However Ficus Nitida seems to grow very big, needs lotsa trimming and are also invasive. I am not sure if they sustain DFW area weather. Whereas, Photonias are susceptible to rust disease. Any suggestions?
Thank you.

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RE: Which other evergreen trees go well with Little Gem Magnolias

This is the privacy screen I intend to have it to block off road noise. I intend to plant another set of evergreen between these Magnolias Little Gem, to get a thick evergreen privacy screen of at least 18 ft.

RE: Which other evergreen trees go well with Little Gem Magnolias

Another angle of the same set of trees. The second tree from left was also affected with fungus and severe leaf loss. After treatment with liquid copper fungicide and neem oil, these little gem Magnolias have sustained.
And the one on far right is a different type of Magnolia, probably the original one that grows in excess of 30 ft.

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