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Screening companion with apple trees

I'm looking for an evergreen screening to be planted at the back of my fence with apple trees, I was thinking of golden or black bamboos but didn't know if these would be good companions, any recommendations?


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,190
    I really don't think these would make a good combination together.  You would have to very carefully choose which variety as some go berserk. Once you've got bamboo it's very difficult to get rid off. May I ask why you want an evergreen background to your apple trees? 
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Thanks for the response Lizzie, I'm wanting to screen behind with evergreen because my garden is overlooked, but I love my apple trees so don't really want to take them out either. I had heard that bamboos were quite vigorous so I was thinking about containing them in pots. 
  • Would erecting trellis be a possibility?  If so, you could use climbers such as evergreen clematis, ivies etc.  There are (heaven forbid) even trellis panels available which come covered in artificial climbers, for areas where there is no ground or room for large planters.
    Bamboos don't do well in pots as they need tons of water.  A few will tolerate it but those types don't make good screening.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks Bob, I like the idea of clematis with trellis, can you recommend a particular type of evergreen clematis that would work well, it's North facing with approx 4hrs of full sun. 
  • Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles' does well in similar conditions here, katster2 and I think there are some other cirrhosa varieties which would suit.  They do take about 2-3 years to 'get going' but cover well and have very pretty small leaves as well as winter flowers.  For quicker results, look at the armandii types but those do need to be kept under control or will soon get too heavy for trellis.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • That's great many thanks Bob, will do some research on all mentioned. Thanks again. 
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