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Hi there I'm new to the forum and a keen amateur gardener with little technical knowledge!

We landscaped our garden a couple of years ago and planted three trees at the time - a silver birch and two different sorbus varieties. Unfortunately one of the sorbus died so we had to remove it. Having lived with the garden for a bit now we want to plant something in its place but ideally we would like something that is evergreen because it would then block out the view of our neighbour's ugly garages all year round.

My question then is can anyone recommend a tree which is evergreen, grows to around 15-20 feet tall and will survive in the UK? The position is fairly sheltered and in full sun virtually all day. We are in Gloucestershire if that's relevant?

Also - when looking at various websites to buy trees from they all seem to classify size by the size of the pot eg 3 litre, 5 litre but I'm not sure how big a tree that would be - any advice on that welcome too.

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Hi there I'm new to the forum and a keen amateur gardener with little technical knowledge!

We landscaped our garden a couple of years ago and planted three trees at the time - a silver birch and two different sorbus varieties. Unfortunately one of the sorbus died so we had to remove it. Having lived with the garden for a bit now we want to plant something in its place but ideally we would like something that is evergreen because it would then block out the view of our neighbour's ugly garages all year round.

My question then is can anyone recommend a tree which is evergreen, grows to around 15-20 feet tall and will survive in the UK? The position is fairly sheltered and in full sun virtually all day. We are in Gloucestershire if that's relevant?

Also - when looking at various websites to buy trees from they all seem to classify size by the size of the pot eg 3 litre, 5 litre but I'm not sure how big a tree that would be - any advice on that welcome too.

Thanks
How wide is the space you want to fill?
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How wide is the space you want to fill?
At ground level its about six feet by six feet
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At ground level its about six feet by six feet
A fastigiate yew [they are slower growing than the basic one] - I have two - a golden and a variegated - planted close together so they appear one tree.

A bay tree allowed to grow normally will go to about 12-15 feet. It can be clipped to keep in to the size you want, and it can be used in the kitchen.

There is a large evergreen viburnum, but it may make too solid a mass for a small garden - Viburnum rhytidophyllum. It can take a fair amount of cutting back.

Another one is Viburnum tinus, which flowers in midwinter.
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A fastigiate yew [they are slower growing than the basic one] - I have two - a golden and a variegated - planted close together so they appear one tree.

A bay tree allowed to grow normally will go to about 12-15 feet. It can be clipped to keep in to the size you want, and it can be used in the kitchen.

There is a large evergreen viburnum, but it may make too solid a mass for a small garden - Viburnum rhytidophyllum. It can take a fair amount of cutting back.

Another one is Viburnum tinus, which flowers in midwinter.
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Golden Privet

Eleagnus ebbingei

Both will go to 12 feet if allowed, and both can be hard pruned if need be. Both have sweetly scented flowers.

Holly


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