Is THUJA PLICATA a good choice for privacy next to a wooden fence?

l4zl0w added on February 3, 2019 | Answered

I'm looking for a plant that can extend the hight if our wooden fence and I found THUJA PLICATA. Is this a good choice for a small garden and how far away from the wooden fence should I plant them? Max height they will be trimmed to is 7-8 feet. Many thanks

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Answered on February 4, 2019

Thuja plicata, western red cedar (the species which is native to the US Pacific Northwest and naturalized in the UK) is a very large growing tree and not appropriate for your small garden.

But there is a smaller hybrid Thuja/arborvitae called "Green Giant" which is popular as hedge plant. This variety may still grow too big for your small garden.

Plant it at least 3 feet from the fence for a 5 year plan, preferably 6 feet or more on a 10 - 20 + year plan, to allow for foliar spread and maintenance access.

Depending on where you are located and availability (not sure what "l4zl0w" means) you may also consider, boxwood, privet, Japanese holly or other; or extend your fence height with a trellis and grow a vine like ivy to achieve the screening you need.

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