Return to the Shrubs Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
I need a 20' shrub in 3' space - non poisonous, recommendations

Posted by Davy_K southern California (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 21, 14 at 21:29

I need to plant privacy screening shrubs on both sides of my house that grows at least 20' tall. Space on both sides are 3' x 50' with retaining walls along its side. So, the roots cannot be aggressive.

I was looking into English Laurel but have read it's poisonous and I have a one year old and three year old plus a dog.

Pittosporum seems like a good fit but there are so many varieties. I can't seem to find the name of the one that looks like needles, as leafs.

We do not want anything close to Cypress or like it.

Any suggestions are welcomed!


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: I need a 20' shrub in 3' space - non poisonous, recommendatio

Davy,
You don't tell us what zone you are in, but if you are in zone 9 or under, SKy pencil Holly might do the trick.
They can be shaped too.
You also dont tell us if it is full sun, or part sun, I think the Sky pencil will grow in both.


 o
RE: I need a 20' shrub in 3' space - non poisonous, recommendatio

how will you maintain the 3 feet... at 20 feet high???? 8 foot ladder isnt going to work ...

and do understand.. plants dont stop at some given size ... with the height you want.. with the 3 foot width .. you will be signing up for a lifetime of pruning ...

i might be thinking more along the lines of a pergola ... see link

you are in a plant box.. i suggest.. you step out of it.. to consider all kinds of alternatives ...

i really dont see a plant remedy here ...

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: link


 o
RE: I need a 20' shrub in 3' space - non poisonous, recommendatio

Post pics of the problem area with a description of what you need privacy from or for.

A plant that grows 20 feet tall and stays only 3 feet wide at the base? I can't think of anything except Giant Bamboo and you don't want that.


 o
RE: I need a 20' shrub in 3' space - non poisonous, recommendatio

Here's the sun/shade side it's probably more like 3-4' of space. Trying to keep privacy from neighbor.


 o
RE: I need a 20' shrub in 3' space - non poisonous, recommendatio

Here's the sun side it starts off at about 5' then tapers off at 3' of space. Trying to keep privacy from neighbor.


 o
RE: I need a 20' shrub in 3' space - non poisonous, recommendatio

We are not interested in bamboo because of its invasiveness, not even anything like cypress because it's not beautiful in such a tight area plus it catches spiders and dust.

I love English laurel, Monterey bay Eugenia and pittosporum (needle looking leafs - can't find the name).


 o
RE: I need a 20' shrub in 3' space - non poisonous, recommendatio

Someone suggested Afrocarpus gracilor :) thanks to all those who replied I Appreciate your response!!


 o
RE: I need a 20' shrub in 3' space - non poisonous, recommendatio

None of those will fit in that width. Not so much the root system but the actual spread of the shrub. With the exception of very narrow growing choices - like columnar conifers and the Sky Pencil holly (which is very unlikely to reach 20'...more like 10' max) - shrubs will rapidly develop widths that will overhang and encroach on that already narrow side yard. Frequent pruning or shearing will be a heavy requirement.

Believe it or not, bamboo is the ideal screening plant for this situation. It will achieve the desired height far more rapidly than any tree or shrub and in a confined area like this built up planter, is perfectly safely contained. And there are also many types of clumping bamboo that could be used that pose NO invasive issue, confined or not.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Shrubs Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here