Plants That Grow Tall for Privacy

Create a private retreat along a back patio or front yard with tall plants like trees and shrubs. Tall shrubs, such as holly and arborvitae, are used for privacy hedgerows along a backyard space or in between homes. They can also be grown as a makeshift fence along the property. Tall trees like palm trees start off small, but over the years they provide a lot of privacy and shade to the home.

Japanese Maple

The Japanese maple tree is an ideal shade plant to grow for privacy because of its wide shape. The mushroom shape and cascading branches easily cover areas like a deck or backyard patio with shade. The Japanese maple ranges from 7 to 30 feet in height and is very slow-growing. The classic dissected leaves have bright color all year round and look lovely within the landscape. The vibrant autumn colors include crimson, orange and fiery yellow. Japanese maples of the dwarf variety can be grown in containers if soil space is limited.

Elephant Ear

With their deep purple foliage and 3-foot-long arrowhead-shaped leaves, the black magic elephant ear plant provides privacy as well as a dramatic look to the landscape. The elephant ear is a very low-maintenance plant and easy to grow. It spans up to 5 feet wide and prefers sun to light shade. The elephant ear needs fertile, well-drained soil to flourish. Elephant ears also require a small dose of fertilizer every two weeks. The bright green and purple foliage creates a focal point and provides a significant amount of privacy due to its large leaves.

Palm Trees

Create a private oasis in your landscape with a palm tree. Palm trees are very tall and are ideal for creating privacy. A medium-sized palm tree like the Australian fan palm is ideal because it doesn't grow too tall like some palms. This slow-growing palm reaches a maximum of 50 feet with 5-foot-wide leaves, the ultimate in privacy. Another palm to grow for privacy is the king palm. King palm trees have 8- to 10-foot-long leaves with lilac-colored blooms that are stunning around the landscape. The slender trunk of the king palm grows quickly and can reach up to 60 feet in height.

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Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.