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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:21 am 
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Does anyone of a suggestion on what shrub(s) I should be looking for.

I need it to grow tall (used for privacy)
Drought tolerance or low water. (at the very back of my property)
Evergreen (used for privacy)

I live just North of Dallas


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:52 pm 
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Sun or shade? Do you have any height or width restrictions at all?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:42 pm 
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full sun with some shade from trees.
No hight restrictions.
no width restrictions.

They are needed to block off view from my property to a commerical company.
It is on the very edge of city limits to country land and no restrictions on hight.
I need to cover ~150 feet in width so I will need to plant several that can grow together. See the attached picture of the area. North is up.

I would like something that will get at least 6 feet and can grow fairly dense, but like I said no restriction of hight.

I was looking at first at the Cherry Laurel until I found out that it likes moist soil. It is hard to get water to that area of my yard.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:52 am 
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I used red tip photinia for a similar purpose. They grow quick and (at least for me) require little water once established. You can not see through them, look nice when the new growth shows red leaves (older leaves are green year round) and the birds love them.

If I let them grow without trimming, they would easily grow to at least 8 feet wide and 15 feet tall. I keep mine trimed at about 6 feet wide and 10 feet tall as a 'privacy fence' to the street.

Wish you the best.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 3:42 pm 
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I would never plant red tip photinias. They die without notice all the time. There are many other options. Eastern Red Cedar, spaced appropriately, would work well. Red Tips are on the "do not plant" list for many cities due to their disease-prone nature.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:44 am 
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I agree with Lost Creek. I cut down the red tip photinia that was in our yard when I found out it was on the "do not plant" list for our area.

However, Chinese Photinia (which also flourishes in our area) is a good choice and meets your requirements. You can learn more here: http://www.dirtdoctor.com/organic/garde ... on/id/822/

Hope that helps!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:48 am 
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I read that the Eastern Red Cedar is not good around apple trees.
http://www.dof.virginia.gov/trees/cedar-east-red.htm

We just planted a few apple and pear trees nearby.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:52 am 
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The above link indicates that the Chinese Photinia is Poisonous.
I would rather stay away from that as I have several kids and don't want any mishaps from curious kids.

Any other suggestions?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:03 pm 
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A great native is the texas mountain laurel. Evergreen, with sweet purple flowers in the spring. We need more of these planted. Google them and see what you think. They can eventually over 10 ft.

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