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Suggestions for an evergreen shrub Zone 8

 
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We just had to take down a dying Alder. It was beside our power pole from the road and has left a big hole in our privacy screen. I'd like to replace it with something that will fill in the space, year round.

We are Zone 8, PNW. I'd like something that won't grow over about 15 feet in height (it is under the power line). Of course, I could just put in some kind of cedar or laurel, but I'd rather find something with other uses (fruit, mulch, fodder, etc...).

What can you suggest?

Thanks!
 
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Eleaegnus Ebbingei is perennial leaf.

You get nitrogen fixation and some fruit.
 
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feijoa, tea and tea-oil camellias, Oregon myrtle, Meditteranean laurel/bayleaf, and loquat are all evergreen, useful, and should be hardy to zone 8. Some can become treelike but all respond well to pruning. You could also consider bamboo.
 
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Alder Burns wrote:feijoa


I love feijoas
If it fruits in your area, that'd be my pick.
Most cultivars really need two (different) cultivars to fruit well; even the 'self fertile' varieties.
Can you squeeze another one in there?
 
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Hippophae rhamnoides

Ceanothus velutinus

Fargesia robusta

Rugosa rosa

 
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