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What cutting would make a good residential screen?

Discussion in 'Questions and Answers' started by NWWI, May 31, 2017.

  1. NWWI

    NWWI A good 3 year old buck

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    I am looking to build a screen in my backyard in a residential area. I have planted and absolutely love my hybrid poplars but my only concern is how long they will last and how strong they are. The ones have grew fast and I am happy but I could see how they could be brittle once they hit 60-80 feet and I'm not too sure I want to deal with them hitting a house. I have seen some of the hybrid willows that top out at 30' which would provide a nice screen and some shade, but not too tall. I have no experience with willows.
    What are some good recommendations of something that is strong yet full enough to provide a nice screen?
     
  2. Bill

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    I plant hybrids on the farm for fast growth knowing they will die early. It's a symptom of a lot of hybrids. On the farm I don't care because the birds will have sat in them and planted lots of trees to replace them.

    In your setting I would recommend Dappled Willow. They are a bit slower to grow but are nice landscape willows. Mature at about 25 feet or they can be kept pruned as a hedge. New growth each spring is a showy white and pink color it's a great yard tree. Not sure if John has any cuttings left but you can check.

    That or a tall grass hedge.
     
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  3. John-W-WI

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    Bill is correct - Dappled Willow would be a great choice for a yard. They are more ornamental than the hybrids. Mine have topped out between 12' and 15' tall. Which makes them a candidate for under power lines.

    I'm not sure I would worry about the lifespan of hybrids. They aren't like the hybrids of yesterday (lombardy). I have 10 year old trees that still look great. And I still haven't had to pick up a single branch. The feds released both of they hybrid poplars we sell and they claim they are a 50+ year tree. I'm not sure how they know that as they haven't been released that long yet :emoji_thinking:
     
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  4. NWWI

    NWWI A good 3 year old buck

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    Thanks for both of your inputs. When in doubt ask the experts!
     
  5. NWWI

    NWWI A good 3 year old buck

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    Is the dappled Willow the same as the Hakuru nishiki?
     
  6. TreeDaddy

    TreeDaddy A good 3 year old buck

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    John,

    Would hybrid willow tolerate harsh summers like my east texas region?

    thanks,

    bill
     
  7. Bill

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    Yes that's it.


    Bill,
    I'm not sure about east Texas. Maybe John knows.
     
  8. TreeDaddy

    TreeDaddy A good 3 year old buck

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    Going the MG route next spring after reading your threads

    Already placed reservation with maple river

    Sprayed gly over proposed site with good result

    thanks,

    bill
     
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  9. Bill

    Bill Administrator

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    You won't be disappointed. Worst drought I've seen this year and mine are still 10 feet tall.
     
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