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Trees and Shrubs to Block the Sight of a Road

A busy two lane road will be enlarged to four lane behind my boyfriend's property in the future (maybe 2 years). What types of trees, shrubs, or bushes would be an effective screen so as to block the sight of the enlarged road?

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Thanks to all who respond.

Hardiness Zone: 7a

Barbara from Manassas, VA

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April 29, 20070 found this helpful

I bought Oleanders to plant along the highway to have privacy from the passing cars. It has taken about 4 years for them to grow up tall. The nice thing about them is they blossom from summer to winter. I planted them 4 feet apart using all their colors: white, pink and red. However, they are poisonous to animals and people if eaten. They keep their leaves in the winter.

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April 30, 20070 found this helpful

Arborvitaes

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 3, 20070 found this helpful

Hi -- can you get 'multiflora rosa' (rosa rugosa) where you are? It grows into a beautiful impenetrable 10-13 foot tall hedge with lovely pink flowers on it from spring to fall. We used in place of a fence to keep our kids from wandering into the road. I don't know the hardiness zone for the plant, but that was in Western Massachusetts. Evergreens are also nice (but expensive!) -- like Colorado spruce -- planted in staggered rows for extra sound and view blocking.

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Good luck!
Nancy in Nokomis FL

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 12, 20070 found this helpful

Evergreen, Red-tipped Photenia grow fast/tall/wide,and flower, and are good road screening you will enjoy. They take minimal care.
Good luck and God bless. : )

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