Tree recommendation for poor soil and shade

Asked May 9, 2017, 2:33 PM EDT

We have a cabin on Fairy Lake in Todd County. We would like to provide a wall of trees for privacy. We are open to either conifers or tall deciduous shrubs. The soil is poor, and the area would not receive much sunshine. I have studied your website, but a recommendation would be very helpful. My brother does not want arborvitae. We would like a tree/shrub that will grow at least 8-10 feet tall. Considerations have been Amur Maple shrubs, American Cranberry shrubs (shorter), Black Spruce, Black Hills Spruce, and Mugo Pine. We were discouraged from CO Spruce due to disease. Thank you so much for your help! Mary Stacke

Todd County Minnesota

1 Response

I do not think that any of the evergreens you are considering are a good choice. You might consider a hemlock? A row of red twig dogwoods would work also. The cranberry or a serviceberry would also be other choices. The poor soil and shade do not give you a lot of good options. Here are a few links to some info. . .