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Slow-growing evergreens

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Question: slow-growing evergreens


Good morning,
I would like to plant a camellia or a magnolia grandiflora in my garden, but even if I have full ground on one side, I have the garage on the other, (the garage is below the garden level), unfortunately I can't go away because I confine myself to a another garden.
I know they are both plants that can reach considerable dimensions in long times, I love both and I would like to enjoy the beauty of at least one of the two!
The question is: which of the two grows more slowly and can the roots damage the garage?
Thanks

Slow-growing evergreens: Answer: slow-growing evergreens



Dear Annalia,
the plants you have chosen are very different in size (even from adults), exposure, cultivation land; therefore, apart from the measurements, a lot depends on where your flowerbed is, how it is exposed and what kind of soil there is.
The magnolia grandiflora is an evergreen tree, which has a fairly slow growth, but over a period of about ten years you will find yourself with a tree at least 5-7 meters high, with a pyramidal crown, and therefore not too wide, but surely you must have a nice space to be able to keep a real tree; if you worry about the roots, don't worry, because the magnolias do not produce very large root systems, and they are in fact often placed near the houses. The magnolia grandiflora needs sunny positions, even if it tolerates the half-shade well enough; loves neutral, or slightly acid soils; but generally it does not have big problems even in the calcareous grounds.
The camellia is a large shrub, which at maturity can also reach 4-5 meters in height, but it will take many years to take on these dimensions; the root system is quite content and should not give any problems.
they are plants that like the climate of the undergrowth, therefore quite cool and humid, and for this reason they are generally grown in partial shade in Italy, so that they are sheltered from the sun during the hottest hours of the long summer months. They need to be planted in acid soil, so if you live in an area characterized by large amounts of limestone, in the ground or in the water of the watering, periodically you will have to treat your camellia with greening fertilizers, or you will have to grow it in a pot to be able to periodically replace the earth of the container with acidophilic soil.
It is therefore not possible to give you an advice on which plant to plant, depending on what your desires are, where you live, the exposure of the piece of free land.