Looking for a evergreen tree/bush for a fence line max height 6- 10 ft, mostly shade

Asked March 28, 2016, 12:16 PM EDT

Hi there. I'm looking to plant a tree/bush line on the side of my house where there isn't much sun except for in the morning and evening as it's between my house and my neighbors. I'd like it to be high enough to obscure the fence, but not too high so I don't have to worry about squirrels leaping from the trees/bushes to the roof. Thank you for your time and have a good day! - Paul

Dakota County Minnesota landscape design hedge plants

1 Response

Hi Paul,

Probably the best plants for this mostly shady area would be yews. They are evergreen, very low maintenance, but can be sheared/pruned in order to maintain a more formal look (if that's what you want), and to control their heights.

Besides the sunlight however, it is important to know what kind of soil, and what kind of drainage this site has. All plants have specific preferences as to the soil type (sandy, clayey, organic content) and soil nutrition. Before you invest in lots of small hedge plants, make sure that your soil is in good shape, and is of the proper structure for the plants that you chose.

Here is some information about this plant:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=c237

And if you would like to explore other options, this is a great site that will help you consider lots of other options:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/landscaping/best-plants-for-tough-sites/

And here is a site that will help you find a soil testing facility:
http://soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/

I hope this is helpful. Please contact AaE again if you have further questions.