Greetings from Zone 4 in USA!
I have been seeking suggestions for some time on the proper bushes or trees for a privacy hedge.
The area would be a "U" shape on three sides of my back yard. It has high shade from the general layout of the land - house is on the south side of this area, 4 large evergreen trees are immediately to the south of the middle side of the "U", and houses to the right and left.
The soil is rich black Clarion belt. I don't know the pH.
I removed a hodgepodge of bushes from the same area - lilac, and three other like-sized varieties of which I was unfamiliar. They were ancient and had wooded out to stalky bottoms with sparse foliage on top.
I really wanted to put Arborvitiae Smaarsgaard (spelling?) but was told it needs more sun. Would Hicks Yew work? I don't really desire to have much spreading out, would prefer more columnar. Is Yew a toxicological liablity? I don't want to hurt any children who might be curious, etc.
Help please I am confused and keep getting different stories from Nursery folks. One says Burning Bush will work and another says it won't and I have to get some kind of bushes that spread to 12 feet wide (yikes!).
Thanks to anyone who might offer advice turning ShoopsThumb into GreenThumb!