I am landscaping our backyard, and have received conflicting advice
regarding what plantings would make a good year-round privacy screen. We
are in Brooklyn, NY, USDA zone 7, and there is partial shade in the area
we need to plant. It had been suggested to us that we plant a row of
Emerald Green Arborvitae, that this would grow quickly, is relatively
inexpensive, and will tolerate the temperature range and shade in the
projected area it will be located. Another source suggested that
arborvitae in general and this cultivar in particular tends to send up
multiple leaders, grows laterally, and tends to fare poorly in high
winds and heavy snow. Alternatives mentioned include Peobody Arborvitae,
Golden Arborvitae, and (most recommended) Leyland Cypress.
I realize that economizing now may prove to be more costly in the
future. Does anyone have any comments on the above information, or have
any other suggestions that would fit my needs?
Thanks in advance...
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