Zone 3b non-invasive privacy screen

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  1. Ingram18

    Ingram18 New Member

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    First post here

    I need advice for a privacy screen to plant along my backyard fencing.

    I live in Quesnel. Zone 3b

    I’d like it to be:

    non- invasive
    Narrow
    8’+ Tall
    Evergreen
    Flowering is a plus
    Low maintenance is a plus

    Any tips or advice is much appreciated!
     
  2. Sulev

    Sulev Active Member

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    Yellow Cedar / Alaskan Cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis)
     
  3. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    If you are referring to the USDA Hardiness Zone system here or are using a Canadian zoning scheme that approximates it I can think of no broad-leaved evergreen shrub of any height that will be hardy in that cold of an area. Have you seen anything in existing plantings in your vicinity that might fit the bill? If not that could be a hint - you will probably have to use some kind of quite hardy conifer instead - again looking around to see what is already present in your area could be quite instructive. Zone 3 - at least in the USDA system - equates to a very cold winter climate, one that will severely limit the variety of woody ornamental plants with persistent foliage.
     
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    Sundrop Well-Known Member

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    'Blue Arrow' and 'Skyrocket' Junipers both are hardy in the USDA hardiness zone 3b and seem to fit your requirements.
     
  5. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Worth considering Black Spruce Picea mariana - slow-growing, but will reach the desired height (and more) with a fairly narrow crown; no flowers, but it does have decorative purple young cones even as a small tree.
     

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