From:San Antonio, TX Region: Southwest Topic: Shrubs Title: Narrow, evergreen shrub for privacy Answered by: Nan Hampton
I live in San Antonio and my backyard is all driveway except for a 2-3' space in front of a 6 ft chain fence. I'd like to find an evergreen narrow shrub for privacy. Would Nandina be a good choice? I need something fast growing, narrow, and not decidious.
Mr. Smarty Plants says: "No! no! no! not Nandina!" Nandina domestica (heavenly bamboo) is an invasive non-native plant from China and Japan and we would never recommend using it in landscaping. Below are some beautiful, evergreen native alternatives. Your best bets are probably the first two. They will provide the thickest screen and they can be trimmed to keep them from becoming too wide for the area:
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