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Screening Plants

Screening Plants

All of the plants on this list are evergreen so as to provide a year-round screen. They have been selected for screening ability, ease of care, general adaptability, and at least a medium rate of growth (except as noted). Medium growth rate means 13" to 24" of growth per year. Fast growth rate means 25" of growth or greater per year.

Anise (lllicium parviflorum) – Grows 10’ to 15’ tall and almost as wide. Medium growth rate. Plant in sun to shade. Prefers moist soil but will tolerate dry conditions. Vigorous plant.

Carolina Cherry Laurel (Prunus caroliniana) – Grows to 20’ to 30’ tall by 15’ to 25’ wide. Fast growth rate. Plant in sun to light shade. An adaptable plant that can withstand heavy pruning. Fruit litter can be a problem in paved areas.

Chindo Viburnum (Viburnum awabaki ‘Chindo’) – Grows to 10’ to 20’. Medium fast growth. Tolerates full sun to light shade. An attractive large shrub with dark, glossy foliage.

Cleyera (Ternstroemia gymnathera) – Grows 8’ to 10’ tall by 5’ to 6’ wide. Slow growth rate. Plant in part shade. A beautiful shrub with dark, glossy foliage. ‘Bronze Beauty’ cultivar bronzy red new foliage. Requires well-drained soil.

Eleagnus (Eleagnus x ebbingei) – Grows 8’ to 10’ tall and wide. Fast growth rate. Plant in sun to part shade. A highly adaptable, easily grown shrub with no serious pests.

Emerald Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald’ aka ‘Smaragd’) – Grows 10’ to 18’ tall by 3’ to 4’. Plant in sun and in well-drained soil. A very heat tolerant plant with an attractive columnar habit. ‘Emerald’ does not discolor in winter as other varieties tend to.

English Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) – Grows 10’ to 18’. Medium growth rate. Plant in part to full shade. Must have good drainage. Tolerates some sun.

Fragrant Tea Olive (Osmanthus fragrans) – Grows 15’ to 20’ tall by 10’ to 12’ wide. Medium growth rate. Plant in sun to part shade. Incredibly fragrant, apricot-scented flowers in spring to early summer and sporadically through the year. Related to this is Osmanthus fortunei, which boasts similar flower features and attractive, serrated leaves.

Green Giant Arborvitae (Thuja plicata ‘Green Giant’) – Grows 30’ to 40’. Fast growth rate and columnar habit. Plant in sun to part shade and provide well-drained soil.

Leyland Cypress ( x Cupressocyparis leylandii) – Grows 60’ to 70’. Very fast grower. Plant in sun to part shade. Impressive, handsome tree with columnar to pyramidal habit.

Burford Holly (Ilex cornuta ‘Burfordii’) – Grows to 20’ to 25’. Medium fast growth rate. Plant in sun to part shade. Produces attractive red winter berries. A very adaptable plant that is heat and drought tolerant. Can be easily maintained at a lower height.

Emily Bruner Holly (Ilex x “Emily Bruner’) – Grows to 20’. Medium fast growth rate. Plant in sun to part shade. Produces large red winter berries.

Foster Holly (Ilex x attenuata ‘ Fosteri’) – Grows to 25’. Medium fast grower. Plant in sun to part shade. Abundant red berries persist through winter.

Nellie R. Stevens Holly (Ilex x “Nellie R. Stevens) – Grows 15’ to 25’. Medium fast growth rate. Plant in sun to part shade. Produces red winter berries. Heat tolerant.

Red Holly Hybrids (Ilex hybrids) – Attractive, tough evergreens usually growing 12’ to 14’ tall. Medium fast growth rate. Plant in sun to part shade. Look for cultivars such as Patriot, Oakleaf, Liberty, Festive, and Cardinal. All produce abundant red berries except Oakleaf (which has exceptional foliage).

Savannah Holly (Ilex x attenuata ‘Savannah’) – Grows 20’ to 30’. Medium fast growth rate. Plant in sun to part shade. Abundant red berries in fall and winter.

Wirt L. Winn Holly (Ilex x kohneana) – Grows to 20’ to 25’. Medium fast growth rate. Plant in sun to part shade. Dark green glossy leaves and abundant large red berries.

Lusterleaf Holly (Ilex latifolia) – Grows to 20’ to 25’. Medium fast growth rate. Plant in sun to part shade. Large lustrous green foliage holds color through the year. Produces large, dull red berries. ‘Mary Nell’ is one generally available cultivar.

Privet (Ligustrum spp) – Size varies by species. All are medium to fast growers. Plant in sun or shade. Tolerates severe pruning. Withstands and even thrives with neglect.

Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera) – Grows 15’ to 20’ tall by 10’ to 12’ wide. Medium fast growth rate. Plant in sun to part shade. Tough, adaptable plant with no serious pests.

Yoshino Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica ‘Yoshino’) – Grows 30’ to 40’ tall and 8’ to 10’ wide. Fast growth rate. Plant in sun to part shade. Handsome tree with bright blue-green summer foliage. Prefers well-drained soil.

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