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Advice on choosing understory trees

Posted by mercime 5 (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 10, 13 at 18:45

We have an acre of land and on the south side of our house we have large trees...ash, elm, hackberry. Unfortunately a new neighbor cut down some of our trees and trimmed others 7' from the ground. Now we want to plant some understory trees that will give us back the privacy between our houses. The trees will get some sun as the sun passes over, either morning east or afternoon west. We had thought of Amur Maple but believe it would need more sun to get the benefit of the red leaves. Not sure we want dogwoods as we have them growing wild on the other sides of our property. Could you recommend something that would have enough density to give us back our privacy?

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RE: Advice on choosing understory trees

Allegheny serviceberry, Pawpaw, or American hornbeam are some small shade tolerant trees. If large shrubs will work, Oak leaf hydrangea or bottlebrush buckeye might be an option.

RE: Advice on choosing understory trees

This could help out my problem area too. What evergreen understory shrub/trees would you use in a dry woodland area? I have service berry, dogwood, oak leaf hydrangea, buckeyes and a few of the tall growing azaleas along the edge of the woods but I need to scatter in something evergreen among the trees to block the white elephant house in the winter.

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