I am looking for a shrub that gets TALL (10 feet would be nice) and also
somewhat wide (6 feet) -- but taller than it is wide. I want to plant it in
front of a bay window for screening, so it should have dense leaves. Here's
the catch -- I want it to be deciduous so that we can have light in room in
the winter. It should also have "soft" stems (not too woody) because it'll
be close to the house and the window. It doesn't have to be neat in terms
of dropping things (berries, etc.) since it'll be in the garden area right
outside the bay window.
I live in zone 6 (lakefront Cleveland, OH) and the area gets full sun.
I've been looking at garden centers and am not having much luck. Any ideas
would be appreciated!
Look at Vitex, nice aromatic foliage, nice blossoms.
Might winter kill to the ground in a severe zone 6 winter but will
make 5-6' of growth following a die back.
Otherwise look into other members of the viburnum famiily or perhaps
I can't imagine any shrub that will get that tall that does not have a woody
structure. Variegated Dogwoods are really pretty but I don't think they get
that large quickly or at all (they also have some berries) I don't know if
crape myrtle is hardy enough for your area but it would get that tall (it is
Here I go painting a big target on my back but ...
What about bananas? Too far north? You could plant some elephant ears
nearby. Because elephants like bananas.
The only wheat substitutes I can think of are asorghum and amillet.
Don't know what color the flowers are.
That was it! I don't think it would work for them though on looking at it.
If it grows like corn they would only have a couple of months where they
would have screening... Same with Sunflower seeds which I thought of.
Thanks for all suggestions. We have tried sunflowers as a full-sun
bay window screen, which worked for a month or so and then started
leaning and looking ratty. (I love sunflowers, but not in this
I thought "non-woody" might be needed due to the proximity to the
house (avoid scratching the screens, etc.), but maybe I can find
something more "fan-shaped" that can still be woody.
I'm considering some of the taller vibernums, as well as the althea
(rose of sharon) suggested by another poster. Key is getting 10+-ft
of height (but not higher than 15-20 ft.). Winter interest is very
desirable, living here on the North Coast of Cleveland (about 1/4 mile
from Lake Erie). I may not get everything I want in one plant.
Another option I am considering is constructing a thin trellis of that
height, in front of the bay window I want screened, with possibly
morning glory, clematis, or some full-sun other climbing non-ivy vine.
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