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My next door neighbour built a loft conversion glaring down on my garden. I want to buy a tree about 5 to 6m high to preserve my privacy.
The site is semi shade and clay soil.

I also want to buy several shrubs which are upright, arching habit from 2 to 4m height. My house is the end of the terrace and my garden is the typical wind tunnel. I would like the shrubs to have thick twigs to block the wind, but late coming to leaf because the shrubs will be planted in the south as it is important the shrubs will not cast too much shade.

Does anyone have any suggestions.

many thanks

zhiqing li

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  • Posted: Sat. 29th March 2014 21:16

Re: small fast growing tree for privacy

Reply from Nicola

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  • Posted: Sun. 30th March 2014 09:11

Re: small fast growing tree for privacy

Reply from Nicola

Hi, I also have the similar issue. I put up a trellis with taught wires which I am growing a fast growing Clematis along. Also multi-stem birch trees to further block their view down on me. Hope these ideas help?

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  • Posted: Sun. 30th March 2014 09:14

Re: small fast growing tree for privacy

Reply from Samantha Jane

Hi there, I will give you a few ideas on a few small trees and shrubs that I love and would consider about using in that situation.
Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Mariesii', a gorgeous tiered deciduous shrub with white flowers and autumn colour foliage.
Cornus controversa 'Variegata', beautiful tiered variegated small tree with white flowers.
Amelanchier lamarckii, a really lovely small deciduous tree that will have all year round interest with small star-shaped flowers, red-purple berries and fiery autumn colour leaves.
Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula', a fabulous small weeping ornamental pear with silvery willow like deciduous foliage, you can keep reducing the height of it when required quite happily.
Magnolia x soulangeana, again can be kept to size or most of the lovely deciduous varieties of Magnolias really.
Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile', highly scented deciduous shrub, stems will hang down with the weight of the white flowers.
Wiegela florida 'Variegata' lovely delicate variegated deciduous shrub with pink tubular flowers, will arch with weight of leaves and flowers.
Lonicera fragrantissima again deciduous shrub with arching branches, scented white flowers in winter.
All the above plants will cope with a clay soil.
There's a few for you to look up and enjoy.
If you need more help, contact me via my website.
Samantha Jane

  • Posted: Sun. 30th March 2014 17:21

Re: small fast growing tree for privacy

Reply from Barbara Sellery

You don't say if the upright, arching shrubs need to be evergreen. I would recommend Kolwitzia Amabalis (Beauty Bush) which is a fast grower and will reach the stated height but is not evergreen. However, it has a thick twiggy habit and is very hardy, wind no problem. Bonus is it is covered in bloom in late Spring/early Summer although has no fragrance.
A very under rated shrub I think. Hope this helps.
Barbara

  • Posted: Mon. 31st March 2014 12:24