Hardy, pest-resilient, evergreen shrubs, 10-15' tall

Meg_KY(6)March 25, 2012

We have 26 hemlock trees that we have to destroy due to the woolly adelgid (we are heartbroken, to say the least). We would like to plant another evergreen privacy 'fence' that is hardy re: wind, sun, pests, and disease and will only grow 10-15' tall,6-8' wide and can grow in a sandy/alkaline soil. I am afraid we are looking for the impossible fix. However, we're hoping for suggestions. Help!!

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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Don't know about alkaline, but Viburnum pragense and Viburnum rhytidophyllum species and cultivars might work. And so would a great many conifers other than hemlocks. However, all would be wider than 6-8 feet, as are the hemlocks you must remove.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 6:18AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Meg, did you shear your hemlocks to keep them within those dimensions?

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 1:08PM
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We will definitely look into the viburnum. Thank you, laceyvail.

rhizo_1, thank you for responding.
We sheared them from the time we planted them, twenty-five years ago -
They actually are 20 - 25 feet tall and about 10 feet wide. We have had to use a bucket truck for the past 3 years to get the job done.
Since we have to remove them, we would prefer something more manageable (height, width, pest-resilient, etc.) -

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 7:21PM
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Is it too warm in KY for Yew (Taxus)? You might also consider Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus). No need for named varieties, straight T. x media, T. cuspidata, and C. harringtonia will work fine.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 7:28PM
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oath5(z6b/7a MD)

Morella cerifera, wax myrtle fits EXACTLY what you want. It's really quite handsome/underused native shrub. Smells great too.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2012 at 12:17AM
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Thank you, oath5; we will definitely look into the wax myrtle. Thank you, smivie. Along with the viburnum from laceyvail, we added the yews to our list of possibilities. We are very appreciative of these suggestions.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 8:55AM
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Just a comment - if you have deer issues, yews seem to be the first thing they eat around here. I have few if any other deer problems, but yews end up as bare sticks.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 9:44AM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Cephalotaxus cultivars, Plum Yews, are highly deer resistant.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 6:47AM
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nhbabs, we do have some deer issues. Thanks for the warning. We did not think of that possible problem.

lacey, thank you for the suggestion. This will make it easier to decide what to plant. To my list of possibilities, we have added pros/cons for each plant/shrub.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 5:33PM
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Wax myrtle is, indeed, a beautiful native shrub; but is it cold hardy into Zone 6?

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 10:15AM
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