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Privacy Trees: 7 Best Trees for Privacy This Summer

The weather is warming up, and the days are growing longer - and luckily, that means a return to the great outdoors! But now that we're going back outside for the season, it’s time to plan and landscape. Our favorite part of landscaping? Privacy Trees!

Fences are often too short for privacy, and they can be expensive- upkeep and repairs add up, after all. Plus, fences don’t have that lush, aesthetic look or the benefits of eco-friendly vibes, eye-catching foliage and more. Privacy Trees block noise, clean the air, and last year after year.Check out our favorites below...and start growing your own!

1. Wax Myrtle

Let's start with the perfect solution for smaller landscapes: The Wax Myrtle. The Wax Myrtle's dense foliage and quick-growing habit make it ideal for hedging, especially when it's shaped and planted in groups.

Plant your Wax Myrtles in a row to define your property line, or plant just one to accent your front patio. And if you have a back patio or pool, Wax Myrtles are ideal for adding greenery around the areas to make the space feel comfortably luxurious.

Wax Myrtles

2. Leyland Cypress

With Leylands, you get deep green foliage that’s feathery and soft for an attractive green wall that blocks out the neighbors. Leylands have a uniform, symmetrical shape that grows naturally, though you can trim them and easily shape them into a hedge. Even better? They grow 3 to 5 feet a year and mature to heights of 40 to 60 feet...without effort.

For a dense screen, plant your Leyland Cypress Trees about6 feet apart. And Leyland Cypresses will adapt to a variety of different soils, even if they’re sandy or heavy in clay, as long as they’re well-draining. Once planted, these trees will spring up into a solid privacy wall before you know it.

3. Willow Hybrid

Known for handling nearly any climate or conditions, our Willow Hybrids are the quintessential plant-and-forget Privacy Trees. Despite their deciduous nature (meaning they do drop their leaves during winter), they're chosen for their fast-growing and disease-resistant qualities. And Willow Hybrid Trees have upright branches covered in lush green leaves, which fill in empty space for a thick privacy wall.

Willows have a quick growth rate of up to6 feet per year and grow to about 35 to 45 feet if planted in rows and left untrimmed.

Best of all, they won’t need any extra water, except during times of drought in the summer when it doesn’t rain for three to four weeks. Willow Hybrids also have a lot of success growing in swampy and extremely wet areas. If your yard is prone to flooding, consider the Willow Hybrid.

4. Thuja Green Giant

A growth rate of 3 to 5 feet per year and mature heights of 20 to 40 feet set the Thuja Green Giant apart, meaning it lives up to its 'giant' name. Thujas serve as an excellent backdrop for your landscape, with a dark green hue and soft feathery foliage that stand in well for traditional fencing. As an added bonus, deer don’t enjoy soft, feathery Thuja foliage. Plus, Thujas are not only pest resistant but disease resistant too.

Shimmering Foliage

Plant your Thujas in an area that receives full to partial sunlight, and make sure they’re about 5 feet apart for a privacy screen. They will adapt to your natural soil, as long as it’s well draining. Sandy soils, or soil that’s heavy in clay will be fine. Thujas don’t need any fertilizer, and grow just fine on their own. Is there anything better than Privacy Trees with no fuss?

5. Spartan Juniper

If you’re looking for durable, low-maintenance evergreen privacy trees, consider planting a row of Spartan Juniper Trees. Fast-growing and highly resistant to extreme heat and cold, de-icing salt and even drought, the Juniper tree is ideal for applications where space is at a premium, since these trees have dense branches that remain tight to the trunk.

6. Bamboo

While Bamboo trees might not be the first species that come to mind when shopping for fast growing privacy trees, if you’re looking for a modern, eco-friendly way to block sight lines, Bamboo might just be the perfect option.

With an Asian-inspired look, a Bamboo tree can add a much-needed burst of color to your backyard. Reaching heights of up to 30 feet and suitable for growing zones 6-10, Bamboo can grow as far north as New York City!

7. Holly Trees

Available in 18 eye-catching varieties, Holly Trees and Holly Shrubs are surging in popularity among homeowners who want fast growing privacy trees that develop tight, dense foliage that’s virtually impossible to see through.

The Oak Leaf Holly Tree is cold hardy down to 0 degrees and drought tolerant, making it ideal for planting in growing zones 6-9. If you’re looking for trees for privacy that attract birds, you’ll love the Nellie Stevens Holly, a fast growing Holly tree that reaches heights of 15-25 feet and widths ranging from 5-10 feet. Better yet, all types of Holly trees are easy to grow, and while they can be shaped with regular pruning, they do just fine without any maintenance whatsoever.

So, basically, whether you go for the Leyland, the Thuja or another type with a bit of everything, you'll have made a lush, luxuriant choice. Our Privacy Trees are second to none for property value, good looks, carefree benefits and beyond!

Blair Brown

Blair is the Content Marketing Manager at, and though she's not your traditional gardener, the planting world is definitely growing on her (pun intended!). She's enjoyed digging into plant care and maintenance and growing her plant collection, especially with exotic indoor varieties.