Trees That Provide Privacy

Create privacy for your property with trees instead of fences. Trees grow taller than most fences and have the added benefits of cleaning the air, providing shade and cooling the house, thereby lowering the costs involved with air conditioning. Consider using trees to create a separate, private oasis within a garden.

Rocky Mountain Juniper

Rocky mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) is native to the western United States. The tree is an evergreen with a pyramid shape that grows from 30 to 40 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide. Tiny blue or blue-green leaves grow tight against the stems. Blue, round fruits offer a meal for local birds. Plant rocky mountain juniper in full sun. The tree is adaptable to different types of soil, as long as it is moist to dry and well-drained. The plant is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9A.


White-cedar (Thuja occidentalis) is an evergreen that grows from 24 to 40 feet tall with a crown spared of 10 to 12 feet. The tree is hardy in USDA zones 2 to 8, likes humidty and and stand up to both wet and dry conditions. The leaves are tiny, resemble scales and grow tight to the stems. Yellow flowers bloom in the spring and are followed by small, brown, oval-shaped fruits. Plant White-cedar in full sun, partial shade or full shade.

'Nellie R. Stevens' Holly

'Nellie R. Stevens' Holly ( Ilex x'Nellie R. Stevens') is a pyramid-shaped evergreen from 20 to 30 feet tall and 10 to 12 feet wide. The tree is a female and a male of another holly variety has to be nearby for the tree to produce berries. The tree produces dark-green, oblong leaves from 2 to 4 inches long; white flowers that bloom in the spring; and tiny, red fruits.'Nellie R. Stevens' Holly is hardy in USDA zones 6 through 9. Plant in full sun or partial shade and a soil that is moist and well-drained. The tree stands up to both drought and flooding.

Leyland Cypress

Leyland cypress (Cupressocyparis Leylandii) is an evergreen variety that grows from 50 to 100 feet tall. The needles are scale-like, overlap each other and grow tight against the stems. Tiny flowers bloom in the winter and are followed by leather-like, seed-bearing cones. Leyland cypress adapts to different types of soil as long as it is well-drained; the tree cannot handle wet soil. Give leyland cypress full sun or partial shade. Leyland cypress is hardy in USDA zones 6 to 10.

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