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Old 03-23-2009, 08:44 PM   #16
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An excellent point, one of the best in this thread thus far. I would add quite often brittle and will break easily, which I believe (danger) was a concern of the OP.



Which variety? NOT all the same.

OP- that follow-up info was excellent!
Silver maple, red maple, sugar maple....not japanese maple.

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dave rose o sharon or hibiscus is my favorite tree -shrub did you know the quaking aspen is actually a poplar species they are called aspens out west i have a couple did you get your trees from gurneys?
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dave rose o sharon or hibiscus is my favorite tree -shrub did you know the quaking aspen is actually a poplar species they are called aspens out west i have a couple did you get your trees from gurneys?
The Rose O Sharons were free from a nearby restaurant
They have a hedge made up of them & the landscapers pull the seedlings out & toss them. I helped weed for a bit & walked away with 40+ seedlings
I bought most of my seedlings 8-10 years ago at my old house
Then I transplanted them to the new house 5 years ago
Possibly from Gurneys, I didn't keep a record back then
At the time I was able to buy qty of 10 for cheap $$ 18" tall
I haven't seen the same offer anywhere else since

Once our addition is finished (and paid for) I'm going to be buying some more Japanese Maples - but the non-common versions that you do not find at Lowes ( I bought 2 at end of season for about $10 each - 3 to 4' tall)
http://www.buymaples.com/

Waterfall version is my favorite



I also bought about 50 hibiscus plants & planted them all around my house
The large flowers are up to 8"+ across when blooming


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Just wondered if anyone was going to mention canes.
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I'd be very careful with cane or bamboo
They can spread rapidly & become very invasive
Some send out underground shoots over 15' away
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A neighbor mentioned arbor...(?). I don't remember the exact name, but he pointed one out to me and it looked like a tall juniper bush, maybe 10 feet tall and bushy (4 feet wide). Actually, a lot of houses have these bushes on their properties, but mostly at the front door. That would probably be a good thing to go with, considering it looks maintenance-free. But I don't know how expensive they are, what size they are to begin with, or how fast-growing they are. By the way, I'm sure glad that I looked at this thread. For some reason, I haven't gotten a confirmation email that someone replied to the thread---and come to find out I had 2 pages' worth. Thanks for all the suggestions. Does anyone know of what I'm trying to describe above?
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It's called an Arborvitae. There are different varieties, so you'll want to find out how they differ so you'll get the kind that will fit your space (once they are mature). Certain varieties look very nice, others, in my opinion, look scragely.

When I planted mine, I put them the recommended distance from each other, and there is still at least 18" between them. Not much privacy there, almost none. I already wrote about them in post #9.

I didn't research mine before I bought them and I ended up getting the ones that grow very slowly.

Google 'Arborvitae' and you'll get an idea of what you want, if that's what you decide to do.

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I think you'd be hard pressed to beat Nigra Arborvitae(Thuja Occidentalis) for what you are trying to do. I had 20 on my lot line and just planted an additional 10. Hardy,fast growing,fairly inexpensive,attractive evergreen foliage and other than planting properly and starting them off with some good organic slow release fertilizer( Milorganite) -NO maintenance. I planted first 20 I mentioned in 1989,5 feet apart.The tallest are now 20 feet tall and they completely block out the house on the other side from them.I have not had one bit of problem with them. Check em' out.
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A textbook that I had in a Georgia Certified Landscape Professional (UGA) curriculum references Thuja occidentalis 'Nigra' as being 20-30' high and 4-8' wide.

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Sounds like you are just about on par. BTW, your post is exactly what we need more of on this forum. Your personal experience qualified by specific information. Good job!

There are also some junipers which grow a little faster usually than the thujas. Look for the chinese juniper hetzi, or "hetzii." But, always read the label. Junipers are one of those families that come in very different sizes and shapes.

I was somewhat kidding about the canes earlier. But, proofer said he was looking for "young trees that are fast growing. Any ideas on what I could plant? And if there's something other than trees (bushes, grasses, etc.) that grow tall pretty fast, I'm open to that as well."

Canes fall into that category- kind of. Proofer, that's why with landscaping one needs to give as much detail as possible about what he needs. Lots of choices and I am sure something will work like it was custom made for your yard. Actually that is what breeding programs are all about but that's a different story for another day.

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Silver maple, red maple, sugar maple....not japanese maple.
Also, Trident maple, Amur maple, Paperbark maple, Norway maple, ... Frankly, Silver maples are bad near septic lines, will put up knees in the lawn, and prone to break rather easily.
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Thanks for the comment,downunder. Concerning Hetzi juniper, I wouldn't plant them, in fact a had several and took them out. When I was younger I worked at a nursery which grew quite a lot of them,so I liked them. They do grow fast but in my experiance they are too fast and end up overgrown and scraggly.To keep them in some control ends up being a lot of shearing and in short they get ugly, for my taste anyway.
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There's the difference in how the same plant grows in different areas. I had some here and never had that problem. I had them by mistake. When I got them at WM, I didn't pay attention to how the stock people had arranged them. I intended to get Pfizers because I wanted them as a traffic/noise screen next to the road. The front yard slopes a little and I planted them at the edge of the right of way. I am on a semi-country blacktop road. Anyway, the 5 feet or so of the Pfizers would have been perfect, but the Hetzis just made a wall and I had to continually shape them. Of course, all plants want to grow to their natural size. Junipers don't usually take too well to pruning, so they never looked as good as they should have. I can imagine in your area they catch a lot of snow load as well.
As far as growing too fast, I didn't find that a problem in itself but as a rule, fast growing plants are not as strong or attractive as slower varieties. Seems like they always look like a gangly teenager.
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Be careful, bamboo will take over the whole yard!
But the answer depends on where you live really. I would call a plant nursery in your area.
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bamboo can be agresive for sure but there are many different varieties
some are fast growing runners and some are slower growing clump forming
and there are techniques to control it
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"some are slower growing clump forming"

Bambusa multiplex (glaucescens) and B. okhamii (sinocalamus oldhamii) are two clump forming bamboos.

Let's re-read the task at hand:
For privacy, ...
I don't want to spend a whole lot on these trees,
so I'd like to plant young trees that are fast growing.
Any ideas on what I could plant?
And if there's something other than trees (bushes, grasses, etc.) that grow tall pretty fast, I'm open to that as well.

Not that I'm recommending canes, just making informed suggestions germane to the OP's parameters.

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