Need recommendations for hearty, fast-growing trees..
Hi -- We live in central PA and have a small backyard with another house situated closely behind ours. We already have a six-foot privacy fence, but it just isn't doing the trick.
About four years ago, we planted five birch trees along the fenceline to help aid in our quest for more privacy. They have grown a lot, and we really hate to get rid of them, but they have never done well. Every year we have had issues with them. One is a river birch and the other four are Jacquemonti biches. We have had a tree doctor out to visit, have followed all of his suggestions (watering, fertilizing, systemic treatment, etc.), and still these trees suffer during the summer and lose their leaves early. We are done with them! We want to replant with something that is not so touchy.
Does anyone have recommendations for a fast-growing, hearty tree that will be well situaed to our climate? It should be something that can handle full sun. We are looking for something that does not get to be monstrous... no more than 30 feet in height.
Your recommendations are greatly appreciated!