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10 Impressive Fast-Growing Trees for Privacy

10 Impressive Fast-Growing Trees for Privacy

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Rows of trees create a sense of tranquility and conjure up a homely feeling. Making use of trees to create a private area is a great idea. Noble and stately homes often have feature trees strategically planted to create private areas that shelter treasured areas.

But most trees take years to mature, and often we need secluded areas to be screened off as quickly as possible. Fortunately, some trees are fast-growing and will quickly provide privacy to required areas.

The following are the ten best options if you want to plant fast-growing trees for privacy:

  1. Thuja Green Giant
  2. Leyland Cypress
  3. Nellie Stephens Holly
  4. Italian Cypress
  5. Taylor Juniper
  6. Murray Cypress
  7. Golden Bamboo
  8. Weeping Willow Tree
  9. Emerald Green Arborvitae
  10. Cherry Blossom Tree

Driving along a long driveway lined with neatly pruned and cared for trees leaves most people impressed. Even arid areas can use indigenous trees to create striking gardens. The use of trees to create privacy in a subtle but effective way is popular as ever worldwide.

By selecting fast-growing types of trees, you will be able to speed up the process of creating private naturally screened-off areas on your property.

10 Impressive Fast Growing Trees for Privacy

Some trees grow faster than others, so if you need a quick solution to your privacy challenge, knowing what to plant will soon have you enjoying relaxing and enjoying quiet time behind a lush, natural screen of trees.

The list of plants provided are all fast-growing. While you may be eager to get your privacy screen up as soon as possible, take careful note of the recommended planting distance of each tree variety.

The small saplings that you plant will grow quickly, and if they are planted too close together, they may struggle to thrive due to competition for space and soil nutrients.

Thuja Green Giant

Thuja Green Giant can be a fast growing tree for privacy
Maximum Height30 – 40 feet
Foliage CoverDense yet soft looking
General shapeCone-shaped (can be shaped into a hedge)
Base width12 – 15 feet
Planting distanceAt least 6 feet apart
Soil PreferenceAll soil types
Average annual GrowthAbout 3 feet per year
Drought ResistanceGood
Best usesA pretty yet dense screen along a fence or to create a natural partition on an open piece of land.

The Thuja Green Giant is a popular choice when planting privacy trees. When spaced correctly, mature trees form a thick screen that’s almost impossible to see through.

The Thuja green giant is well suited to climates range from hot to extreme cold. The structure of the tree is robust with strong limbs making them great for windy areas.

Leyland Cypress

Leyland Cypress trees are fast growing and can be used for privacy
Maximum Height60 – 70 feet
Foliage CoverDense yet soft looking appearance
General shapeCone-shaped (can be shaped into a hedge)
Base width20 feet for a single tree
Planting distanceAt least 8 feet apart
Soil PreferenceVirtually all soil types
Average annual GrowthAround 3 – 4 feet per year
Drought ResistanceDrought Tolerant
Best usesIf you need a tall and dense screen to provide a private area, this is an excellent option to choose.

The Leyland Cypress is a great choice when requiring a dense, soft-looking privacy screen. The Leyland Cypress is adaptable to almost all soils and has the fastest growth rates of all medium-sized trees.

The dense foliage lends itself well to shaping into a hedge or simply serve as a privacy screen to hide unsightly areas. Growing up to 20 feet in width at the base if left untrimmed, this is a good candidate for a corner filler or feature tree.

Nellie Stephens Holly

Maximum height25 feet
Foliage CoverDense spike tipped broadleaf, dark green, bright red berries
General shapeShrub shaped (can be shaped into a hedge)
Base width6 to 7 feet (2 meters plus)
Planting distance5 to 6 feet apart
Soil PreferenceWell-drained, slightly acidic soil
Average annual Growth3 to 4 feet per year
Drought ResistanceDrought Tolerant
Best usesGreat for use instead of a fence or to create a private area within a garden setting.

The Nellie Stephens Holly is technically a shrub but grows up to twenty-five feet tall, so it looks like a tree.

The stiff green leaves tipped with sharp points make this a great privacy screen that would deter most visitors from pushing through. This plant bears pretty red berries in spring and lends itself well to being shaped into a hedge, makes it a striking feature.

Nellie Stephens Holly requires very little water and care in general. It is also an effective windbreak which makes this an excellent option for most gardens.

Italian Cypress

Italian Cypress trees are fast growing and can be used for privacy
Maximum Height40 to 60 feet
Foliage CoverDense but fine leaves
General shapeCone-shaped (can be shaped into a hedge)
Base widthAbout 4 to 5 feet. Great for small gardens
Planting distanceAt least 3 to 4 feet apart
Soil PreferenceMost soil types
Average annual GrowthAround 3 feet per year. Thrives in winter
Drought ResistanceDrought tolerant. It also thrives during winter.
Best usesAn impressive privacy screen and an attractive feature that will block your neighbors’ view. The tree has a narrow base, so it is well suited to smaller gardens

The Italian Cypress is a firm favorite for both small and large gardens. This tall, relatively thin tree will effectively create a private wall if spaced in a straight line. Alternatively, they can be staggered or planted in a zigzag formation. The foliate is fine in texture and dense.

Being hardy, neat-looking, low-maintenance trees, and drought tolerant, the Italian Cypress forms a striking feature in any garden.

Taylor Juniper

Taylor Juniper trees are fast growing and can be used for privacy
Maximum Height30 feet
Foliage CoverDense but fine leaves
General shapeCone-shaped (can be shaped into a hedge)
Base widthAbout 3 to 5 feet. A good choice for small
Planting distanceAt least 3 – 4 feet apart
Soil PreferenceMost soil types
Average annual GrowthAround 3 feet per year
Drought ResistanceDrought resistant thrives in winter
Best usesGreat for a property boundary or to block the morning or afternoon sun from shining into your house. Private area in the garden. Wonderful entrance feature.

The Taylor Juniper is very similar in appearance to the Italian Cypress but not as tall. The Taylor Juniper is an excellent choice for the dryer regions where height is not required.

Planted in rows correctly spaced apart or in a zigzag formation, the Taylor Juniper makes a striking feature while providing ample privacy.

Murray Cypress

Maximum Height30 to 40 feet
Foliage CoverDense but fine leaves
General shapeCone-shaped (can be shaped into a hedge)
Base width10 feet
Planting distanceAt least 4 to 5 feet apart
Soil PreferenceMost soil types
Average annual Growth4 feet per year
Drought ResistanceDrought resistant
Best usesScreening a tall unsightly boundary wall or fence, city lights in the distance

The Murray Cypress is an impressive tree that, over time, can develop a broad base area. This base can often measure ten feet and is set close to the ground.

The trees are cone or triangular-shaped and provide privacy, whether planted singularly in a strategic position or in a row to screen view. The growth rate is excellent at about four feet per year.

The Murray Cypress is typically Christmas tree-shaped and has delicate, dense leaves. As young trees, they require care and watering as most trees do, but once they are established, they require very little maintenance. They are drought-resistant, hardy trees.

Golden Bamboo

Golden Bamboo trees are fast growing and can be used for privacy
Maximum Height10 to 12 feet
Foliage CoverSlender trunk with thin leafy offshoots
General shapeLong trunk with a small canopy
Base width10 feet
Planting distanceAt least 1 to 2 feet apart
Soil PreferenceMoist well-drained soil types
Average annual Growth6 feet per year (2 meters)
Drought ResistanceDrought tolerant but must be watered when hot
Suitable forScreening off an unsightly wall or object, creating a divide in your yard

Golden Bamboo is not really a tree, but it gets tree-sized and grows quickly, so it should be considered if you need an area screened off quickly.

Bamboo is a high-speed growing option. Golden Bamboo is best planted within a boxed area where a foundation will restrict the spread of the roots to avoid the roots and new shoots from spreading uncontrollably.

Weeping Willow Tree

Weeping Willow Trees can be fast growing and used for privacy
Maximum Height40 to 50 feet
TypeDeciduous, perennial
Foliage CoverFairly dense, long hanging branches carrying leaves
General shapeTree with canopy buy long hanging leafy branches
Canopy width35 feet
Planting distanceAbout 20 to 25 feet apart
Soil PreferenceRich and moist
Average annual GrowthAround 3 to 4 feet
Drought ResistanceGood but will require regular watering in arid areas
Suitable forLarge enough to block an entire house or screen unwanted views from your porch

A Weeping Willow Tree makes a striking feature in a spacious garden. Growing very large over time, and if they are planted in a row, Weeping Willows will make a significantly large screen, ensuring privacy.

Weeping Willows require ample water and do best in areas where groundwater is readily available. Their roots branch out roughly as wide as the canopy and should be planted far away from septic tanks.

Willows drop their leaves annually, but re-growth begins as soon as the leaves have fallen.

Emerald Green Arborvitae ‘Smaragd’

Emerald Green Arborvitae trees can be fast growing and used for privacy
Maximum Height10 to 15 feet
Foliage CoverFine fibrous leaves, dense needle-shaped.
General shapeCone
Base widthApproximately 3 to 4 feet
Planting distance2 feet
Soil PreferenceMoist and well-drained
Average annual Growth1 foot
Drought ResistanceTolerant but will need regular watering
Best usesPlant along a fence or around the swimming pool area to improve privacy.

The Emerald Green Arborvitae is a magnificent choice for smaller gardens or where a smaller private area is required. Growing up to only about 15 feet tall, having a narrow base, cone-shaped with dense foliage, makes them an excellent privacy shield and a striking feature in your garden.

The Emerald Arborvitae do best in damp, well-drained soils. The trees are evergreen, so minimal maintenance is required to ensure the area looks neat.

Cherry Blossom Tree

Cherry Blossom Trees can be fast growing and used for privacy
Maximum height75 feet
TypeDeciduous, perennial
Foliage CoverGreen Broadleaf
General shapeBare stem with large canopy
Canopy width25 to 40 feet
Planting distanceAt least 5 to 20 feet apart
Soil PreferenceAcidic well drained
Average annual GrowthAround 2 feet
Drought ResistanceGood
Best usesCreating a screen between you and your neighbor’s house

The Cherry blossom trees are hardy and can survive in most regions but enjoy moist but not soggy well-drained soil. Cherry blossoms can grow huge, almost as wide as its tall.

Ideally, the Cherry Blossom should be planted in open spaces away from buildings to allow it to grow to its full potential. When planted in neat rows, these trees make great privacy screens, given their eventual size. During spring, the impressive display of pink and white blossoms are a showstopper. A Cherry Blossom tree covered in spring blossoms is a beautiful sight to behold.

The leaves of the Cherry Blossom are small, light green, and oval-shaped with a pointy tip. The leaves turn an impressive array of yellows red in autumn before eventually dropping off.

Even once the leaves have dropped, an impressive and relatively dense canopy of gray branches remains that provides good privacy. All around, a versatile and attractive tree that will continue to bring delight for years to come.

Final Thoughts

Trees make lovely features and can provide effective privacy to specific areas of your property. Whether you require a subtle screen, one that’s dense, short, or tall, they’re all readily available.

By selecting fast-growing trees to plant, you will effectively be able to create a lovely private area on your property that may otherwise take years to establish.

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