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Need a fast growing evergreen

Posted by gmp3 Colorado (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 27, 11 at 20:40

We purchased a new home and would like to screen the neighbor's yards quickly. We would like an evergreen that grows quickly but is somewhat narrow. Our realtor suggested Spearmint junipers or Thuja trees. Any experience with these or suggestions for other species?


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RE: Need a fast growing evergreen

Conifer,ivy work too.

RE: Need a fast growing evergreen

Elsewhere on GardenWeb, there are two forums, "conifers" and "trees" which will get you feedback from more knowledgeable people :)

RE: Need a fast growing evergreen

Here's what comes up as an image of 'Spearmint' Juniper:
spearmint juniper

(Both of your mentioned suggestions are basically the the same thing.) Keep in mind that as they get taller, they get wider. In my opinion you had better be a rich person on a large estate to use them in line as a tall evergreen screen. Figure that they're going to require 8' width of space, min., as they age. (In the photograph I'm using, I'm sure it won't be too much longer before the people who live next to these--on both sides--will be regretting it.) A "skinnier" juniper is 'Skyrocket'. But you'll have to put in a lot of them to make a screen. All of these require full sun and would not perform well in any shade.

If I were you, I would post a good picture or two showing the situation, give some particulars ... where it is, budget concerns, light, etc. and see what solutions people offer.

RE: Need a fast growing evergreen

Thanks everyone!

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