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Best Evergreen Trees for Privacy

Best Evergreen Trees for Privacy

I live on a fairly large homestead property, 7 1/2 acres to be exact.  The main problem I have is that there is no privacy.  I am surrounded by neighbors who can see everything that I do on my property.  Even people driving by can see my whole property.  And that is not okay.  Not that anything weird goes on here….I just want my yard to be mine alone.  So in doing some research, I’ve found the best evergreen trees for privacy that are fast growing.

But first: What are Evergreen Trees?

Evergreen trees are trees that are green year-round.  This means that they won’t lose their leaves during the winter, leaving your property exposed…again.  The whole purpose of privacy should be to maintain that shield year-round.  The best part about evergreen trees?  They are beautiful, stately, and can also be used for landscaping designs.

For purposes of this article, I’m looking for trees that are fast growing to quickly provide me with a privacy screen around my property.  If you need to know what zone you are located in, here is a quick-reference guide.

When you find the tree that you want to buy, consider looking at online nurseries.  Do your research.  Most nurseries will provide a lower price if you buy in bulk.  Considering that I will need upwards of 50+ trees, I could use the discount.

1.  Leland Cypress Evergreen Tree

Best Evergreen Trees for Privacy Leland Cypress Trees have soft foliage with flattened branches.  These trees need to be planted in good soil and not clay.  This tree needs full sun and will grow 3-4 feet per year.

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  • Mature Height: 50-70 feet
  • Mature Width: 15-20 feet
  • Hardiness Zone: 6-10
  • Exposure: Full Sun

2.  Norway Spruce

Best Evergreen Trees for PrivacyNorway Spruces are evergreen trees used for privacy, as well as wind and noise shields.  They have a dark green color and are deer-resistant.  To get the most bang for your buck, plant the trees 10-12 feet apart to allow the them to grow to their full width.  A Norway Spruce will grow 2-3 feet per year.

  • Mature Height: 60-80 feet
  • Mature Width: 25-30 feet
  • Hardiness Zone: 2-7
  • Exposure: Full Sun

3.  Douglas Fir

Best Evergreen Trees for Privacy

Douglas Fir trees are your typical Christmas-looking trees with soft needles.  These trees require full to partial sun.  Douglas Firs produce pine cones and grows in a pyramidal shape at a rate of 13-24″ per year.

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  • Mature Height: 40-70 feet
  • Mature Width: 12-20 feet
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-6
  • Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

4.  Green Giant Arborvitae

Best Evergreen Trees for Privacy

Green Giant Arborvitae is a fast-growing evergreen tree that can be shaped either pyramidal or conical.  This tree is naturally wind and deer resistant and can withstand heavy snow and ice.  Green Giants can grow up to 3 feet per year.

  • Mature Height: 50-60 feet
  • Mature Width: 12-20 feet
  • Hardiness Zone: 5-7
  • Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

4.  Eastern Red Cedar

Best Evergreen Trees for Privacy

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The Eastern Red Cedar has a high heat tolerance and loves soil rich in limestone.  This evergreen tree grows in a conical shape and is great for a privacy screen.  It is easy to care for and creates berries.  If you have had problems with growing trees, this a must-have due to its easy growth.  This tree grows at a rate of 12-24″ per year.

  • Mature Height: 40-50 feet
  • Mature Width: 8-20 feet
  • Hardiness Zone: 2-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun

5.  Arizona Cypress

Best Evergreen Trees for Privacy

Arizona Cypress trees are limited in the zones it can grow in (hence its name “Arizona”).  It is very heat and drought tolerant.  This tree is great to be used for wind-breaks. For privacy purposes, this tree is wonderful due to the massive spread and width it can achieve at full growth.  This maximizes yard space and can cut down on the amount of trees needed to establish a privacy screen.  Arizona Cypress trees grow at a rate of 3 feet per year.

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  • Mature Height: 40-50 feet
  • Mature Width: 25-30 feet
  • Hardiness Zone: 7-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun

6.  Eastern White Pine

Best Evergreen Trees for Privacy

Eastern White Pine trees are fast growing at a rate of 2-3 feet per year.  This is an oval-shaped tree and is favored for it’s good looks.  This is a good tree for wind-breaks.
  • Mature Height: 50-80 feet
  • Mature Width: 20-40 feet
  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

7.  Giant Sequoia

Best Evergreen Trees for PrivacyIf you really want to go big, and I mean big, you can get the Giant Sequoia tree.  This tree is mainly known for being grown in the State Parks of California.  These are great for wind-breaks and can survive in many different soil types.  These trees can grow at a rate of 4+ feet per year given the right conditions.

  • Mature Height: 250 feet
  • Mature Width: 25-35 feet
  • Hardiness Zone: 6-8
  • Exposure: Full Sun

8.  White Spruce

Best Evergreen Trees for Privacy

White Spruce trees are beautiful to look at due to their uniform and column shape.  These trees grow tall, but don’t spread out as wide, so you may need more of these to establish a privacy screen.  This tree is great for wind breaks and can withstand heat, cold, drought, and crowding.  The White Spruce grows at a rate of 12-24″ per year.

  • Mature Height: 40-60 feet
  • Mature Width: 10-20 feet
  • Hardiness Zone: 2-6
  • Exposure: Full Sun

9.  White Fir

Best Evergreen Trees for Privacy

White Fir trees thrive in harsh conditions, such as heat, cold, and drought.  It is known as being an ornamental tree with silver and blue-green needles.  White Fir trees grow at a rate of 12-24″ inches per year.

  • Mature Height: 3-50 feet
  • Mature Width: 10-20 feet
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Where to Buy Evergreen Trees:

If you become a member of the Arbor Day Foundation, you will receive 10 free trees, as well as huge pricing discounts on each tree purchased.  They do not give bulk discounts however.

Many nurseries put their trees online at Amazon.  Some nurseries sell the trees from 1-2 feet tall, but a lot sell their seeds for planting.  If you have a green thumb, then purchasing seeds in bulk may be attractive to you.  I prefer buying the trees partially grown, even if it costs a few dollars more to ensure good growth.

Maybe you have noticed that you receive nursery magazines in the mail.  These nurseries usually ship their trees at good prices and can give bulk-pricing options.  One nursery that I like is Burgess Seed & Plant Co.

Local nurseries also provide partially grown trees.  Look around your area to buy locally.  Ask if they sell in bulk at a discount.  You may also find trees at flea markets in the spring.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas on the best evergreen trees to choose for your area for fast growing and privacy screening options.  What trees do you like the best for privacy screening?

Best Evergreen Trees for Privacy


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