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Screening Trees - Evergreen & Semi-Evergreen

evergreen and semi-evergreen trees

When investing in screening it’s important to find species which will meet your needs most effectively. You may be looking to introduce more structure to the garden, in terms of pathways and focal points, or could be hiding an eyesore from view, or obstructing views into your garden from the street.

One of the most common requests we get is for advice on non-conifer evergreen screening. Evergreen and semi-evergreen screening is highly effective at providing screening above a fence line all year round without the visual distinctiveness of conifers. There are plenty of options available to you, so it’s worth examining them.

For screening above a fence line trees will often feature a stem of 1.8 metres, with a distinct crown above. Photinia Red Robin and the Portuguese Laurel are ideal for this purpose. For a hardy evergreen tree, we often recommend customers to consider Holly, such as Ilex ‘Nellie Stevens’, providing glossy leaves and bright red berries, perfect for autumnal interest.

Semi-evergreens represent an aesthetic compromise, shedding some of their leaves during the winter months though never becoming entirely bare. Ligustrum japonicum (Japanese privet) and Cotoneaster cornubia both come highly recommended, standing at 5-6m tall and featuring cream and white flowers in spring, respectively. The latter grows particularly quickly in an arched form, with autumn berries adding welcome variety throughout the year. Both of these options are useful screening where planting space is restricted.

This collection by no means represents the full complement of our evergreen trees for hedging and screening, so feel free to browse our supply and see what appeals to you. As ever, if you have any questions or queries then don’t hesitate to contact us, and we’ll be happy to help.

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