Five alternative privacy screen ideas


We love arborvitae (or Emerald Green); it’s the classic privacy screen. But if you’re looking to mix it up a bit, here's some ideas:

  1. Leyland cypress. Leylands are one of the most popular and economical of the privacy screen trees. They grow very fast, provide a thick living fence, and help soften noise from adjacent roads.

  • Mature height: 50’ +

  • Growth rate: Very fast

  • Foliage: Medium to dark green

  • Growth habit: pyramidal

  1. Yew. Yews have dense, upright branches and take to pruning very well, making them an excellent choice as a privacy hedge. There are many different varieties of yews; Hicksii are particularly nice in this region.

  • Mature height: 12-20’ tall, 8-12' wide

  • Growth rate: Slow to medium

  • Foliage: Medium to dark green

  • Growth habit: Broad pyramidal

  1. Russian Laurel. Laurels, particularly the Russian Laurel, are another great choice for privacy hedging. They grow rather quickly and do well in full sun or partial shade.

  • Mature height: 10-12’ tall, 5-8' wide

  • Growth rate: Very fast

  • Foliage: Narrow, glossy, dark green evergreen leaves

  • Growth habit: shorter, wider shrub

  1. Camellia. This beautiful flowering shrub grows a thick canopy of leaves as it matures. Their large flowers have a long blooming season and its evergreen leaves stay beautiful all year.

  • Mature height: 6-15’ tall; 5-7' wide

  • Growth rate: Slow to medium

  • Foliage: glossy evergreen leaves with large rose-like blooms

  • Growth habit: rounded pyramidical

  1. Excelsa Cedar. The Excelsa is a large, bushy tree that is often used when 2-story privacy is needed. They grow naturally into a beautiful, fragrant hedge.

  • Mature height: 30-35' tall; 12-15' wide

  • Growth rate: Medium to fast

  • Foliage: bright evergreen

  • Growth habit: pyramidal

Give us a call if you’d like to explore options for including any of these screens in your living fence.

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