Posted by LK on October 25, 2002 at 08:48:59:
In Reply to: shade shrub posted by Melisa on October 06, 2002 at 10:20:03:
You could plant a line of PawPaw trees as they are attractive but then they are not really dense enough to use as a screen. Snowberry would be attractive but then again it might not be the best screen barrier. I sometimes see eastern red cedar growing in partial shade and would make a good screen but then it can get tall and is a slow grower and Im not sure how well they do in shade, the best examples I still find in fairly strong sun(roadsides and hilltops).
I have never planted eastern hemlock but I have been told it handles shade fairly well and would seem to make a good visual screen, then again I dont have first hand experience so I couldn't say but it might be something you can check into. I know one guy that had some old (mostly) dead trees in 3/4 shade and he let trumpet creeper grow up them, they covered it so thick people were asking me what that flowering tree was :) they also filled in under and around the trees to form a descent fence.
Alot of shrubs are leggy or look wild and wolly when grown in shade, I would look for something that will stay compact so that it will do it's intended function -- block out the neighbors. I had considered using tall oregon grape at one point but I find conflicting statements on whether it needs dry soil or moist soil, in fact reviews on many plants seem to be extremely conflicting at best. The other day I was told patridgeberry grows best on dry soil in full sun... GEESH!
The answer to my problem ended up with me going out into the woods and finding shrubs that looked good in sites similar to mine and then taking cuttings or waiting for seed, maybe this will provide you similar satisfaction but be warned.. dont believe everything you read! There is a great deal of incompetence in nurseries and even in many authors(esp. on the web), you can tell they have never really studied the plants themselves nor have they checked more than a single source of reference before giving advice on them.
This is very sad and often leads to failure for their unfortuante customers.
In short I dont have a good answer but I hope
my post will entice others to post and help you.
: I need a good shrub that will provide privacy from neighbors. However, it will be planted in a shady area. Any ideas? I would like one that will grow quickly.