Help for fast growing privacy shrubs

lamby4zackJuly 5, 2014

A new neighbor from CT just moved in to a mature 20 yr old NC neighborhood and on day one cut ALL of the privacy trees down and wood chipped them between properties without checking the personality of the neighborhood. All have same barriers as privacy. Needless to say, we can see 4 houses that we could never see in the 13 yrs that we have lived here. We need to get some "fast growing" shrubs (fairly tall 20ft) hopefully that won't need too much attention (we are 73 and not getting any younger) but also will give us our privacy back before we go to the big garden in the sky. PS Apparently, she is planning to leave all of the 2 ft high, 80ft long pile of wood chips and stumps on property as she had them piled in a long burm (sp). Did I mention that there were 12 large trees? Please help.

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shadeyplace(7)

I find that sweet bay magnolia is fast growing but not evergreen. Leyland cypress but that is not a good tree. Best thing to do is spend the $$$ and get some already fairly large shrubs and mix in with evergreen. What a shame! and I know the feeling of not having the time to wait for things to grow !!!! I also think some Viburnums grow pretty quickly. I know there are many more and others will chime in

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 7:19AM
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lamby4zack

Shadeyplace Thanks for response. A good number of other trees in this 500 home development are the Leyland Cypress trees. Maybe not a good tree, but sure look nice and provide the privacy that we crave. We are continuing to look for something fast growing as the mess that still lays in neighbors lawn is just that "a mess" .

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 11:15AM
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KitNovice

I'm looking for the same thing so I'm hoping you get a lot of responses on your post :) Out of curiosity why are Leyland Cypress not good trees?

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 11:06AM
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shadeyplace(7)

They are usually planted for the purpose you are speaking of...instant privacy. However, they grow to be 100 feet tall and their root system cannot support their height and tend to make them blow over in high winds. Also once they attain a height of 50 feet or so their lower branches tend to drop and then you are right back looking at your neighbor's yard. I believe they have been over planted..but I am sure others (Dax?) can give you better information.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 11:34AM
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lamby4zack

OK, If not Leyland Cypress what can be used to do the same thing?

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 11:53AM
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Allen456(8)

Why would your new neighbor need to check on any personality before cutting down her trees? Just because YOU were using them for privacy doesn't mean that maybe she wants to grow a vegetable garden and needs full sun.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 11:58AM
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shadeyplace(7)

Why would your new neighbor need to check on any personality before cutting down her trees?
OUT OF COMMON COURTESY

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 12:18PM
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lamby4zack

You were right, I was wrong

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 8:03AM
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lamby4zack

Planted 13 Leyland Cypress trees

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 6:23PM
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NVL4

I am in NC too and have been researching trees and shrubs for similar privacy reasons, except we just moved in and want more privacy. Thuja Green Giants seem to be a good fast growing option. A lot if the Leyland Cypress around here seem to be dying.

This post was edited by NVL4 on Fri, Jul 18, 14 at 10:43

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 10:42AM
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