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Question: 602-3411
The interior of some of my evergreens in the foundation plantings have turned brown on the south side of the house. Is this a problem? Bill, Tulsa, OK

Mort's Answer:
As foundation plants get larger they will be affected by the lack of sunlight to produce photosynthesis. When they are smaller they may be burnt by the sun's reflection on their backside. Usually, most everegreens are brown because of the lack of sun penetrating the outer leaves. You could move the plants or move the house back.

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Question: 708-912
What are some new evergreens this year?

Mort's Answer:
There is an orange colored American Arborvitae. Thuja occidentals , Golden Tuffet" turns bronze in the fall. It also has a braided textures. A new Abies concolor "Candicans" grows only 10 feet wide and 30 feet tall with silvery blue color year round. Two new hollies are available this year. Hybrid Ilex meservae is an improved dark foliage holly that grows only four feet. Emerald Colonade is another introduction this year. It is hardy in zones 7-9. It can be used in containers, hedges and foundations.

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