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Wednesday - August 20, 2008

From: Rosemary Beach, FL
Region: Southwest
Topic: Privacy Screening
Title: Tree for screening along road
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

What would you recommend for a linear tree lined street that needs to act as a buffer to hide less desirable backyards of ugly houses. The road is on lake travis near austin, texas. was hoping for a dense tree about 30' tall or so. thanks

ANSWER:

Probably you want an evergreen so this limits us a bit. However, here are a couple of trees that should do the job:

Sophora secundiflora (Texas mountain-laurel)

Juniperus virginiana (eastern redcedar)

If you would consider deciduous trees, here are some suggestions:

Fraxinus texensis (Texas ash)

Quercus laceyi (Lacey oak)

Quercus muehlenbergii (chinkapin oak)

Rhus lanceolata (prairie sumac)

Cotinus obovatus (American smoketree)

If you would consider slightly shorter trees, here are more suggestions:

Viburnum rufidulum (rusty blackhaw)

Frangula caroliniana (Carolina buckthorn)


Sophora secundiflora

Juniperus virginiana

Fraxinus texensis

Quercus laceyi

Quercus muehlenbergii

Rhus lanceolata

Cotinus obovatus

Viburnum rufidulum

Frangula caroliniana

 

 

 

 

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