skip laurel

stackpopperNovember 6, 2006


i have planted a row of skip laurels as a privacy fence, and they are doing splendidly. this fence is in full sun.

anyway, i want to continue a privacy fence, but this are will have partial shade, and another part will have a stronger shade. all of this is on a slope, and has good drainage. the soil is identical with the aforementioned fence....and has this wonderful tennessee clay-like soil.

any suggestions???? help!

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

The decrease in light exposure will not eliminate the plant from the list of candidates. In fact, you might get a deeper, more handsome green with some shade - especially in your hot climate.

Out here Prunus laurocerasus is a weed species that often pops up in thickets and under trees near habitations.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2006 at 2:49PM
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I have three skip laurels planted in the sun. they have to be monitored closely so their clay soil does not get too dry or stay too wet too long. I actually had to even raise them about 10 inches on better draining mounds. One of them I even had to replace. Over the same period of time I had another Skip laurel planted directly in the clay and under the canopy of my mature Scarlet oak tree. It gets almost no morning sun but nice filtered midday and direct afternoon sun. This shaded skip laurel has always been healthier, grown and flowered better, and has never seemed to have suffered in the overly dry or excessive hot days. It also has never shown signs of stress during the cooler and more rainy days.

So, I agree the shaded area you described should be fine for you Skip Laurel, unless the slope is such that moisture drains away so fast out of the soil that the shurbs you plant experience too much drying of roots. The Shade you mentioned should slow down the shurb's moisture loss, but that will not solve a shrub's negative response to an excessivly draining dry soil all the time.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2006 at 5:58PM
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philipw2(7 MD/DC)

Most of my skips are under the shade of ornamental cherry trees. Watered the first year, but now only during periods of no rain at all. They aren't growing as rapidly as the one I planted next to the AC drain pipe, but nothing does.

My instinct would be to rototill in some organics before planting the privacy fence. But I am old fashioned that way.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2006 at 10:07PM
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thanks for all your wonderful advice. i'm on a bit of a hillside, and i was going to put some hardwood mulch to help the soil retain water, as well as use some good soil (i.e. not the wonderful red tennessee clay!) for when i do my planting. this area was fairly well wooded for many years, and it had leaves composting on it for ages. the soil looks pretty good, though there is some rock from the nearby roadside.

so here goes. i just ordered 65 of these babies. thanksgiving planting, here i come! cross your fingers!

    Bookmark   November 10, 2006 at 6:29AM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

They thrive in shade, even in cloudy England. But don't deliberately plant it in a dry spot just because they can tolerate abuse, they do prefer moist roots. They like rich soils, tolerate heavy soils, but tend to get mildew in dry soil and humid conditions.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2006 at 9:35AM
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