Trees/shrubs for a barrier
We want to plant a barrier of trees against ours/neighbor's fence so that we will have privacy and our son will not be able to see our neighbors' pool. We need something fast-growing and preferably evergreen. Part of the area is in mostly sun and part is in mostly shade. What would be a good tree or shrub to use? We plan to plant other shorter plants and shrubs in front of the barrier. We live in southern Maine.
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For trees in the sunny part of the garden, try American arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis), American holly (Ilex opaca), Bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata) or Incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens). In front, place Buxus sempervirens (common box), Euonymus fortunei (wintercreeper), and Ligustrum ovalifolium (California privet). You want a mix of evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs for a variety of textures and colors. For shade, there is not much in the evergreen category that will grow there. You could try some of the suggestions above, but they will not

perform as well in shade. Try Amur maple (Acer tataricum), a deciduous tree that nonetheless makes a good windbreak.

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