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    wingrider6
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    I’m beginning to think we are looking for something that doesn’t exist!

    We need a bush to plant in an area that is about 50′ long but only 3′ wide. They will set in a “planter” along our drive, the planter is right along our property line. I don’t want the bush sticking into the drive nor too much into the neighbors yard.

    We are looking for something that is narrow but tall, privacy is the key here. We do not want any kind of an evergreen, pine, or arborvitae. We’re looking for something woody like lilacs, rose of Sharon, etc. I don’t mind trimming if the bushes would still look OK.

    We live in east central Illinois.


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    Gayle
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    These type of bushes are usually referred to as Pencil Shrubs.  There are different types;  Barberry  is one.  I don’t grow a lot of shrubs but google Pencil type shrubs or Pencil shrubs.  Also ask this question on the Gardening Forum.  I bet somebody over there will have some suggestions.

    Also a lot more people visit that Forum or even Backyard Chat.  This Forum is kind of slow & you may not get many replies here.


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    mememouse
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    Try going to your neighborhood garden center,, they will help you find what your looking for,,

    How about a flamingo Willow,,? You can trim it as much as you like, Here is a picture of the one we use to have but we have since moved from that home,,

     

    this is what it looked like the first yr, we bought it ,,the other pics are a year later,, Its a fast grower, but like I say ,you can trim it to your liking, to make it taller too,,

     

     

    And we lived in Maine so it can take the deep freezes,, And I have seen them in planters too,, they are very versatile. have seen them shaped into ball heads too.

     



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    Privet Hedge, (the green to the right in picture) …
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    Gayle
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    Meme, that is also called a Dappled Willow & they can get really big.  I’m forever trimming mine & its still pretty big.  I had two & one of the hurricanes took one out.   I even cut it almost back to the ground a couple of years ago & it’s gotten big again.

     


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    Sherry8___WI
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    Weigela bushes are nice and the rose of Sharon…I like them because of the bees they attract here and the hummingbirds. Sorry no pictures because I dislike having to post from photobucket, etc. They both can be shaped and trimmed down to the size you want.


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    Posynut_NY_zone4
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    I have variegated willows but they get rather large.  You can prune them to the size you want yearly, though.  I have lilacs, too, and you can trim them.

    I like burning bush but they are slow growing.  You could plant ornamental grasses and they grow fast and tall so would work for privacy.  You need to cut them back late Winter and then they regrow tall again.  I have several and they are nice and a gold/tan color all winter for interest.


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