Best plants for screen?

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Old 04-11-05, 09:34 AM
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Best plants for screen?

I have a 6' privacy fence and am trying to determine the best plants for growing a screen higher than the fence. The developer behind us built up the elevation so that now the houses will be higher than the fence-- thus negating the privacy fence. I have it narrowed down to either Nellie R. Stevens Holly or Leyland Cypress. Both are good growers for the zone in which we live. Does anyone have any experience with these plants? Thanks.
 
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Old 04-13-05, 10:04 PM
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Leyland Cyprus in some areas tends to be prone to disease and insect pests. If you get heavy snow, it can split open. Some hedge growers tend not to favor Leyland Cyprus because of potential disease problems, overuse, and boring appearance.

Nellie R. Stevens usually has no significant problems. It tends to be hardy in Zones 6-9. Multi-trunked specimens tend to break down under weight of snow. One central trunk is best. It tends to be a favorite of hedge growers. Prefers well-drained slightly acid soil. Grows to 30-40' tall and 10-15' wide, so spacing at planting should take into consideration height and width at maturity. Its glossy green leaves and bright red berries offer year-round beauty and fruit for the birds.

Check with your local Dept. of Agriculture Extension agent for recommendations for your area and purpose.
 
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