Ideas for short, evergreen tree near house, 10 to 15 ft. tall

Zone Annapolis, MD Zone 7 | nancyo added on September 4, 2019 | Answered

Moved to this house. 2 Ligustrums (tree shaped) were planted 8 inches from house long ago!!! and then not cared for properly, so one has disease issues and over 12 stems (trunks?). I have taken them out and want ideas of what I could plant there that are bird friendly (nests and year round protecting/hiding). Location is Zone 7, west side of house. Property has a sprinkler system. Soil good (soil test not received yet), good drainage. Loved the ligustrums, but landscaper had said not to replant one further out. It needs to help shade a small window from the low winter sun. I am putting in butterfly garden for the bees, butterflies, hummingbirds. Is there a good tall shrub or short tree that has leaves all year long and be something my critters and I would enjoy year round. It is on corner of house and outer side will be semi hiding a garden shed I hope to install and improve the neighbor's view.

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Answered on September 4, 2019

There are quite a few plants that would fit your needs. They will all be hardy in your area, and almost carefree. This article will help you to get a few ideas of what you can plant in this area: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/shgen/foundation-plants.htm

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