I searched around for while for a tall evergreen screen that wouldn’t get too wide, and finally landed on these Chindo Viburnum. This variety seems to be more popular in the southeast so we’ll see how they do in this climate. They arrived in good shape (ordered via Home Depot) but already had a bit of leaf spot on them. Since they’ll be up against the back fence I often won’t be close enough to them to see the spots if they do persist, so I’ve got that going for me.
New growth should be a bright red in spring, and though they will take a couple of seasons to establish, they should start shooting up super fast after that. I didn’t initially intend to create a wall of green along the fence, but I also didn’t anticipate the new house behind us to have a super loud heat pump against the wall facing us, blasting a droning noise in our direction all year. I think greenery will do a lot to dampen the sound, but we’ll have to wait 2 – 3 years at least for these to get up to height. After that, all signs of said house should be obliterated shortly thereafter. These things get upward of 20 – 25 feet tall and 8 – 10 feet wide, depending on which source I look at!
Hi! I'm Lorie and I wrangle plants in a muddy, feral shade garden in the Pacific Northwest. I built this site to serve as a gardening journal and quasi-accurate record of planting successes and failures. My goal is to help "future me" be a better gardener. I hope what I've learned along the way can be useful to you too. Thanks for visiting!