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Q.Which Evergreen Fruit Trees Can Provide Screening Privacy From 2 Metres Upwards And Best For Planting Next To A Brick Wall?

Zone Norwich | Anonymous added on May 31, 2024 | Answered

I have a 24 metre long, 2 metre high brick wall which runs east to west – the trees will be planted on the south side of the wall. There is a raised walkway beyond, so I have a need for trees which I can plant along the wall, 30-50cms from the wall (trees with roots which will not undermine the wall) which will provide privacy. Ideally, I would like evergreen fruit trees and have considered Feijoa Sellowiana (Pineapple Guava) and Eriobotrya Japonica Loquat (Loquat). I have arrived at these from research – I know very little about trees or gardening in general. My garden will hopefully be ready for the trees by around August time. My quandry is which trees would be best? Are there other evergreen fruit trees I should consider and how many trees should I purchase, at what stage of maturity and when should I buy/plant them? I worry about buying trees which will grow taller and then the trunk will get longer and leaves a gap between the top of the 2 metre wall and the crown, which would defeat the purpose of the screening! So a tree with a trunk of 2 metres with foliage which will remain at roughly the 2 metre height and upwards, would be best. All suggestions appreciated. thanks!

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Answered on June 3, 2024

The pineapple guava would make a great screen if it weren't for the brick wall. You will have to cut a lot of limbs to get the canopy higher than the 2 meter wall. Plus, no tree will do well only 30 or 40 cm from the wall. Trees need more room to spread their roots and canopy.

A better choice would be evergreen shrubs to provide privacy. Then plant a couple pineapple guavas elsewhere in the yard. Arborvitae and Japanese plum yew do well in narrow spaces. Here are some ideas:




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