I’m looking for a non flowering green shrub for in front of my house to replace an arborvitae that has gotten to large. It should be about 2 ft wide and would like it to stay under 4 ft in height. Any suggestions? I’ve seen these twisty looking things with tiny leaves but can’t seem to find out what they are. Thanks for your input. Paula

You are probably thinking of corylus contorta.  It can get larger than you want but isn’t particularly fast growing in out region.  You can control the size with annual pruning.  Another option would be the weeping varieties of Japanese Maples which stay small and isn’t fast growing at all.  We have both in our nursery…come check them out and you may find others that fulfill your requirements.

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