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Recommendations for a instant screen tree pls

Discussion in 'Trees' started by Paul4321, May 19, 2021.

  1. Paul4321

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    Hi,

    I need to plant a tree to act as an instant screen.

    I want to plant something already near the height of the 9ft I require but have no clue as to what I should get. Would ideally like an evergreen so have screen all year round but not really wanting something that grows to quickly like a Laylandii.

    If anyone can make any recommendations I would appreciate it. Or if anyone has any alternative ideas to use as the screen at 9ft high I would also be interested. I did think bamboo might be an option but will that thin out during winter?

    Paul
     
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    Acuba is a good doer but any tree already at that height will cost you a bob or two.:blue thumb:
     
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        What is it screening / hiding?
         
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          Can't beat Cherry Laurel in my book - evergreen - tolerates all sorts - cheap - plenty of mature specimens to buy on line.
           
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            Arbutus unedo 'Rubra'! It should do very well in S. Wales :) Fantastic small tree that is always doing something interesting, with pink bell flowers then pretty, strawberry-like fruits. Evergreen and attractive peeling bark too. No idea whether big specimens are available, though...
             
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              "No problem, just a little expense" :)

              Paramount Plants do them. I've had plants off them and always been pleased with them. I visited their nursery before forking out and that was a mouth-watering outing! (Leave wallet at home ...)

              Arbutus unedo
              40-60cm ... £20
              5-6M ... £6,136.00 :hate-shocked:

              (Some inbetween sizes / prices also available :) )

              Arbutus Unedo Strawberry Tree for Sale UK & Eire Online

              Its in the Ericaceae family ... but not needing an Acid soil? Very confusing ... :old:
               
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                Ye Gods! And that's just plain old Unedo, with white flowers!
                 
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                  • pete

                    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                    I always think this is a problem, you either have to fork out loads of money for a pretty much mature shrub/small tree, or you have to buy something smaller and cheaper that will grow fast.
                    You then end up with the continual cutting back of the cheaper option once it reaches the height you want.
                     
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                      Indeed @pete

                      "I have this nice Leylandii for you Sir. 3' a year, so it will be at your 9' requirement in a couple of years" ...

                      When we moved in here the Leylandii were 45 years old and 50' tall. Sad really, as they had been doubled planted with a row of nice Thuja plicata atrovirens in front, I presume as a "nursemaid" to help the Thuja get established, with intention to clear-fell after 10 years. We took the Leylandi out, but the moth eaten, light-starved, Thuja took a while to recover and fill in.
                       
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                          Thanks everyone for your help.
                          Great choices recommended. Will see what is available where and of course the cost and delivery!
                          Thanks again. Much appreciated

                          Paul
                           
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                            Hi Paul,
                            As you mentioned an alternative to Bamboo,..how about Anti Weed Matting.
                            Each roll is approx 4Ft,..it does not catch the wind like a sail but passes through,..its long lasting,..mine is about 3 years old,..only one problem,..if you have birds feeding from feeders they do crap on the matting however come next rain it washes off.

                            Very cheap to purchase.
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                            How it looks when up.
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                            Or hardly noticed.
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                            I needed three tall wooden poles,..from the top of one pole to another i placed a sturdy cane,..stapled it with a large staple,..then bent some strong wire as below.

                            Pushed down the wire on top of the Bamboo and the overlapping Anti Weed Matting,..then squeezed the wire together like a clothes peg,..job done,..as mentioned mine is still going strong after more than 3 years,..total cost including poles was 15 euro's.

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                              Just a note about Cherry Laurel (as I had considered that myself) when you cut them back the leaves look a bit "hacked" as the leaves are so chunky.
                               
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