I would like to plant a large (10ft. plus ) evergreen for privacy in a shade garden Toronto zone 6. Any suggestions what will do well with minimal sun?
There are a number of choices of tree for you to consider – some of these are also used for hedging. See:
- Ask a Master Gardener. Growing an evergreen tree in the shade for privacy. This includes a link to Penn State Extension’s very helpful Shade Tolerant Trees, Shrubs, and Groundcovers
- Evergreens suitable for hedging: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide
- The City of Peterborough has a great document, Choosing the right tree
Consider how long the tree will take to reach the desired height, the spread of its branches (it may cast shade over many other plants in your garden or your grass), whether it makes a mess (e.g., sticky/gummy, drops needles, cones or other debris) and how it will look in your garden. It’s always helpful to walk around your neighbourhood to see the trees your neighbours have planted – most folks would be happy to share information about their trees. Finally, consider speaking with someone at your local garden centre for their recommendations.
All the best in finding the perfect tree for your site!