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Saturday - October 06, 2007

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Trees
Title: Trees for a privacy barrier
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

What would you suggest to plant for a privacy barrier along a back fence in Austin Texas? They need to be hardy and atleast 10 to 12 feet tall to block my neighbor's second story view of my yard.

ANSWER:

Mr. Smarty Plants has these recommendations:

EVERGREENS

Ilex vomitoria (yaupon) 12-25 feet

Sophora secundiflora (Texas mountain-laurel) from a few feet to 30 feet

Rhus virens (evergreen sumac) 8-12 feet

Morella cerifera (wax myrtle) 6-20 feet

Prunus caroliniana (Carolina laurelcherry) 15-20 feet

Garrya ovata ssp. lindheimeri (Lindheimer's silktassel) 6-12 feet


DECIDIOUS

Ilex decidua (possumhaw) 15-30 feet

Cornus drummondii (roughleaf dogwood) up to 16 feet

Frangula caroliniana (Carolina buckthorn) 12-20 feet


Ilex vomitoria

Sophora secundiflora

Rhus virens

Morella cerifera

Prunus caroliniana

Garrya ovata ssp. lindheimeri

Ilex decidua

Cornus drummondii

Frangula caroliniana

 

 

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