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AllspotzAllspotz Posts: 33

Hi there, 

Is anyone able to recommend a smallish (3m x 3m or narrower) evergreen shrub.  I did think about Osmanthus x Burkwoodii, but living in Yorkshire I worry about the wind...I have read this shrub is not great with heavy winds. 

Thank you all in advance. 




  • AllspotzAllspotz Posts: 33

    Thank you for your reply Verdun, ooh a Holly...Golden King is a nice variety. Would I be able to keep it to about 3M do you think? ????



  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,857

    I have a hedge of Golden King mixed with a few males so I get berries and have to say it doesn't like cold, strong winds which is what I expect you get in Yorkshire.

    My garden is in central Belgium and exposed to strong cold winds and I find that evergreens don't like it.    I've tried viburnum tinus, eleagnus, choisya, spotted laurel,  and osmanthus and they've all died or been very weak.   Some conifers do OK but not all.

    Recently I've erected a windbreak of green mesh fabric, 1m25 high along our north and north west boundary and at last I have flowers on my hamamelis, an osmanthus which is growing well now but still small yet and happier perennials and shrubs in general. 


    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • AllspotzAllspotz Posts: 33

    Hi obelixx, 

    You are right cold strong winds...however, I have a Choisya that seems to be fairing quite was planted about 5 years ago?

    The winds are not year round contained to mainly winter...not like being by the sea, where I would expect year rounds winds. 

    Thank you I appreciate your input and you have given me more to think about. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358

    It's survived the cold winds in my exposed garden here in Scotland Allspotz. I didn't think it would but it's seems happy enough. It's been in a couple of years now. image

    If you can add a bit of shelter as obelixx suggests, it's always helpful. Mine is against a fence, but in the face of the prevailing winds. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • AllspotzAllspotz Posts: 33

    oooh Fairygirl, that is interesting

    I want to plant it against a fence on an east facing wall...

    Does it flower where you are? 

    I can see that I am going to end getting Osmanthus and hoping for the best....image


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358

    It flowered last year, and it's grown quite a bit. I've always shied away from it because of the cold wind thing too, but decided to take a punt. So far so good image

    Haven't looked to see if there are any buds on it, but it's too early here anyway so I wouldn't expect them yet. Mine faces north north west and it gets a bit of sun later in the day during spring and summer. I think it might depend what else you have round it too. I was quite careful about positioning it to give it the best chance. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • AllspotzAllspotz Posts: 33

    Thank you everyone, 

    What a lovely have all been very helpful image

    ...I think I am going to take the plunge with the Osmanthus...eeek! image



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