En Español

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
Not Yet Rated

Tuesday - May 08, 2012

From: SACRAMENTO, CA
Region: California
Topic: Privacy Screening, Shrubs
Title: Evergreen screening plant for California
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I am looking for an evergreen plant that can be used as a screen. Maybe something wispy. Any suggestions?

ANSWER:

I'm not sure how wispy you consider any of the following suggestions, but they are evergreen and will do well in Central California.

You might consider the manzanitas.   There are several species of Arctostaphylos sp. (manzanitas) that will do well in Central California with little water.  A couple of possibilities are Arctostaphylos glauca (Bigberry manzanita) and Arctostaphylos glandulosa (Eastwood's manzanita).

Cercocarpus montanus (Alderleaf mountain mahogany) is another evergreen shrub that should do well.

Morella californica (California wax myrtle) is evergreen and good as a hedge.  Here are photos and more information.

Baccharis pilularis (Coyotebrush) and here are more photos and information.

Ceanothus leucodermis (Chaparral whitethorn) and there are more species of Ceanothus that are evergreen and grow in Central California.

Frangula californica (California buckthorn) and here are photos and more informatiion.

Malacothamnus fasciculatus (Mendocino bushmallow) and here are photos and more information.

Below are photographs of some of the species that appear in our database.

 

From the Image Gallery


Eastwood's manzanita
Arctostaphylos glandulosa

Bigberry manzanita
Arctostaphylos glauca

Alderleaf mountain mahogany
Cercocarpus montanus

Coyotebrush
Baccharis pilularis

Chaparral whitethorn
Ceanothus leucodermis

More Shrubs Questions

Propagating Pavonia seeds
October 10, 2013 - Could you please recommend a method for scarifying Pavonia seeds? Thank you
view the full question and answer

Blue Mist Ageratum Shrub?
June 16, 2015 - Is there a shrub version of Blue Mistflower Ageratum? I believe we saw some at the Butterfly Center in MacAllen. Would it survive in Georgetown, TX?
view the full question and answer

Shady Container Plant for Austin
August 20, 2014 - I am looking for a tall plant/small shrub/ornamental grass for a very large pot that is placed against the north wall of our Austin home. That spot gets some morning sun in the summer, but virtually ...
view the full question and answer

Hardy shrub for Canton, MI
May 06, 2009 - I have an 8' x 8' area between my front walk and driveway. I am interested in filling up the space (especially in height) with a shrub or tree. This area gets a lot of wind in the cold MI winter,...
view the full question and answer

Stem canker or leaf fungus in Morella cerifera
June 14, 2007 - Dear Mr.Smarty Pants: The upper half of our wax myrtle, which we had allowed (with artful pruning) to reach about ten feet suddenly died this spring (it dropped most of its leaves and didn't sprout...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | JOBS | SITEMAP | STAFF INTRANET
© 2016 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center