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The Best Privacy Trees

Privacy planting trees are a long-lasting option that will increase curb appeal, and potentially add value to your home, while reducing the noises and nuisances of the neighbors. Most homeowners have a number of concerns about purchasing trees, such as how large the tree will grow, how long it takes the tree to reach maturity and how much yard space the trees need in order to grow. A number of trees are well adapted to most planting zones, as well as grow quickly and provide privacy with little maintenance. With a little research and patience you can implement a privacy screen in approximately five years.

Excelsa Cedar

Excelsa cedar trees grow as much as 35 feet at maturity. They are moderate- to fast-growing trees that often reach approximately 10 feet in 10 years. These trees are wet-soil-tolerant and can be pruned for aesthetic purposes. This tree is best suited for wet areas that may be prone to flooding. In addition, the Excelsa Cedar is known for its ability to screen out large expansions. This tree will grow as wide as 10 feet once fully mature and can be used to fill in large open areas.

Leyland Cypress

Leyland Cypress trees are one of the fastest growing privacy trees--growing up to four feet per year. At maturity these trees are as tall as 60 feet and 25 feet wide; they like well drained soil and full sun. These cylinder-shaped trees can be pruned to maintain a sculpted look, and often work well along driveways or roadways.

English Laurel

English Laurel are fast growing shrubs, up to three feet each year, and can grow up to 20 feet in both height and width. These shrubs are accustomed to acidic soil and will tolerate a certain amount of shade. In addition, English Laurel can be pruned for aesthetic value. These shrubs work well to provide a thick privacy screen from the ground up.

Douglas Fir

The Douglas Fir is one of North America’s most common deciduous trees. This northeastern native grows approximately two feet per year and will reach between 40 and 70 feet high and 12 to 20 feet in width at maturity. These trees like sun and can tolerate a variety of soil types.


Arborvitae are popular privacy trees because they are fast growers, clearing three feet a year after establishment, and they are relatively well adapted to most soil and temperature types. Arborvitaes are also easy to find in nurseries.

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