Best Trees to Plant for Privacy

Whether you live in a closely populated neighborhood, along a highway in the country, or somewhere in between, privacy remains vitally important. You should feel like your yard and home are truly your own. Some homeowners choose to use fences to create this privacy. You can also use trees to create a privacy barrier which blends more naturally with your landscaping. At 770-Tree-Guy, our team of arborists has compiled a list of essential qualities of privacy trees and the most popular varieties to help you reclaim your privacy.

Essential Qualities of Privacy Trees:

  • Easy to Grow
  • Evergreen
  • Easy Access to Purchase
  • Attractive Appearance
  • Require Little Spacing
  • Low Maintenance
  • Grow Taller Than Eye Level
  • Fast Growing

Most Popular Privacy Trees:

  • Leyland Cypress—This behemoth of a tree grows quickly, adding several feet to its height each year. This privacy tree definitely fits the bill in terms of fast growth and height. The Leyland cypress is also praised for being hardy in warm and cold climates and not prone to pests. The growth potential is the one drawback of the Leyland cypress that many homeowners are unaware of when they plant the tree. This giant can reach 60 feet in height and 10 feet in width. If you have planted these trees too tightly, you may have issues as they expand. Also, 60 feet may be more height than you really desire for your landscape.
  • Lawson Cypress—This variety of cypress is also known for being hardy in warm and cold climates. The Lawson cypress is fast growing as well but does not grow as tall as the Leyland Cypress. The growth potential of the Lawson cypress is around 40 feet in height and 20 feet in width.
  • Arborvitae—The Arborvitae is one of the most popular choices because it is low maintenance, extremely hardy in warm and cold weather, requires little spacing, and grows quickly. The growth potential for the arborvitae is about 10-20 feet in height and 10 feet in width. They can be planted about 5-6 feet apart, however. This is an ideal choice for any size yard to create the desired privacy.
  • Red Cedar—This hardy tree variety can tolerate warm and cold weather. Thankfully, deer are not a fan of them, and they are not greatly impacted by drought or city pollution. The red cedar maxes out around 30 feet and can be placed 8 feet apart.
  • Dragon Lady Holly—The dragon lady holly tree is not very welcoming to deer, animals, or people necessarily with its prickly leaves so it does a great job discouraging trespassing. It is an ideal choice for a smaller yard and only reaches about 10 feet in height and 4 feet in width. The dragon lady holly has beautiful evergreen leaves and survives well in cold and warm weather.

If you are unsure about the most suitable privacy trees for your yard, call 770-Tree-Guy for a consultation with one of our certified arborists. We can help you find the perfect tree which will enhance your landscaping and maximize your privacy.