trees tolerant of some shade

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  1. Sea Witch

    Sea Witch Active Member

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    Hi there:

    I'm looking for some suggestions for trees that are tolerant of some shade.

    Here are my needs:

    1. I want them for privacy. I don't want shrubs or a hedge; I want trees that will grow large and full, either deciduous or evergreen. I don't mind if leaves fall in the winter.

    2. The area has morning sun, but afternoon dappled sun because of nearby mature pines.

    3. I have plenty of room to plant 3 or 4.

    4. I don't know if this is a plus or minus, but the neighbor's septic field is on the other side of the fence, a raised area about 15-20' from where I want to plant. There are already many pines, but since the needles don't start until 20-30' feet up, they don't provide privacy.

    Thanks. I'm in the Comox Valley.
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Vine maple.
     
  3. Tree Nut

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    While vine maples grow in shade, I wouldn't consider them large and full as the OP asked. For large and full, part shade tolerant trees, I would suggest Beech or Tupelo for deciduous, and spruce, redwood, hemlock or even cedar for coniferous.
     
  4. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Vine maple is quite suitable for screening and would probably be a better choice for the situation described than any of those you listed - depending on what "large" and "plenty" mean specifically in this instance. Many people think a large tree is one that is above their heads, say 15' tall. Note in particular this portion

    the neighbor's septic field is on the other side of the fence, a raised area about 15-20' from where I want to plant. There are already many pines, but since the needles don't start until 20-30' feet up, they don't provide privacy.
     
  5. rwinktown

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    golden full moon japanese maple or floating cloud japanese maple would be my pick
     

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