Rent Shop Volunteer Join

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
3 ratings

Sunday - June 13, 2010

From: Wylie, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Privacy Screening
Title: Trees for screen around pool near Dallas
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I am looking for a native plant to use around a pool to provide screening (I am putting in a 12 ft tall set of flag poles to suspend a sun screen the HOA wants me to block the flag poles) I have 8 ft between the pool and the fence. What plants? Is 8 ft wide enough?

ANSWER:

Well, a little wider would be better, but we'll see what we can find for you.  If nothing else, you could build a trellis for vines that would screen your poles. 

Here are several small native trees that should fit in the area:

Frangula caroliniana (Carolina buckthorn)

Cercis canadensis var. texensis (Texas redbud)

Viburnum rufidulum (rusty blackhaw)

Prunus mexicana (Mexican plum)

Ilex decidua (possumhaw)

Ilex vomitoria (yaupon) This tree is evergreen.

Here are some evergreen vines:

Lonicera sempervirens (trumpet honeysuckle)

Bignonia capreolata (crossvine)

Gelsemium sempervirens (evening trumpetflower)

You can see more choices on our Texas-North Central Recommended list.  You can also find a List of Native Plants for Landscape Use in Dallas–Ft. Worth on the  webpage of the Collin County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.


Lonicera sempervirens

Bignonia capreolata

Gelsemium sempervirens

Frangula caroliniana

Cercis canadensis var. texensis

Viburnum rufidulum

Prunus mexicana

Ilex decidua

Ilex vomitoria

 

 

More Privacy Screening Questions

Privacy screen for wet area in Florida
February 08, 2010 - What are the best type of bushes/trees to plant in a low-lying area which is very wet--has sitting water after rainfall and drains slowly that is fast growing and serve as a good privacy border near f...
view the full question and answer

Landscaping plans in Kyle TX
February 12, 2012 - I am starting from scratch in a backyard (approx. 52'x25')in Central Texas (Kyle). The backyard is on the north side of the single story house. I would like to have plants and trees that attract and...
view the full question and answer

Need to know how to plant trees to create a windbreak in Ashburn, VA.
May 06, 2010 - I want to know how to plant trees to create windbreaks. I live on a slope of a hill, the front of the house is steep and the back of the house has neighbors in a cul de sac. I swear I live in a wind...
view the full question and answer

Evergreens to replace a screening line of pine trees
December 02, 2008 - Dear Mr. Smartyplants, I lost a "screening" line of pines along my back property line to powerline trimmers & a blight. The area is quite damp & the soil full of clay which is now acidic from the...
view the full question and answer

Need suggestions for plants to form a privacy hedge in Austin, TX.
April 14, 2011 - I live on a corner lot with the backyard facing a busy street. My lot is 4 feet lower than street level. I am looking for a privacy screen to plant along this North facing side. I have a canopy of ...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.