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Fastest Growing Privacy Trees

February 8, 2022 Jill Raver
Filed in: Privacy Trees

Fast growing privacy trees are evergreens that when planted next to each other create a living green screen. This is an attractive option for blocking out unwanted sights and keeping neighbors from peering in without the huge expense of an unattractive wooden fence. Planting trees is also much easier for most people to do themselves. Make it even easier on yourself and avoid the hassle of hauling dozens of plant and making a mess of your vehicle. Buy trees online and have them delivered to your home.

The biggest downside to green screens is waiting for the trees to grow and fill in the gaps. This is why picking fast growing trees is so important when planning your privacy hedge.

Fastest Growing Privacy Tree Varieties


Shop Thuja Green Giant Arborvitae

Growing Zones: 5 to 9

Growth Rate: 3 to 5 feet per year

Mature Height: 40-60 feet

Mature Width: 10-15 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 5-10 feet

The Green Giant Arborvitae is the most popular selling and fastest growing privacy evergreen. With disease and pest resistance and amazingly fast growth rates that can even exceed 5 feet per year you can’t go wrong with this hardy tree.


Shop Leyland Cypress

Growing Zones: 6 to 10

Growth Rate: 3 to 5 feet per year

Mature Height: 40-60 feet

Mature Width: 15 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 5-10 feet

The Leyland Cypress is an excellent choice for privacy. It has darker foliage than the Green Giant and is stiffer in form. Enjoy true privacy within 2 or 3 years with this heat tolerant privacy tree.


Shop Wax Myrtle

Growing Zones: 7 to 10

Growth Rate: 3 to 5 feet per year

Mature Height: 15-20 feet

Mature Width: 6-10 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 4-6 feet

Wax Myrtles are very fast growing shrub trees that give you privacy within 2 years. These privacy trees tolerate heavy pruning so you can sculpt them to just the right height and shape to suit your hedge needs. Wax Myrtles are a tough southern staple.


Shop Cryptomeria Radicans

Growing Zones: 5 to 9

Growth Rate: 3 to 5 feet per year

Mature Height: 30-40 feet

Mature Width: 15-20 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 8-10 feet

This hardy privacy tree offers fragrant, feathery foliage. The Cryptomeria Radicans is low maintenance, deer resistant, versatile, and extremely adaptable.


Shop Sapphire Cypress

Growing Zones: 5 to 9

Growth Rate: 3 to 5 feet per year

Mature Height: 20-30 feet

Mature Width: 15 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 7-8 feet

The Blue Sapphire Cypress or Carolina Cypress is extremely heat and drought tolerant and deer resistant. This privacy tree offers a unique look, lovely scent, and great color!


Shop Nellie Stevens Holly

Growing Zones: 5 to 9

Growth Rate: 2 to 3 feet per year

Mature Height: 20 -30 feet

Mature Width: 8-10 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 5 feet

Nellie Stevens Hollies have dark green foliage and red berries. They are hardy, deer resistant, and very low maintenance.

Instant Privacy Pro Tip

If you are desperate for the quickest possible privacy, pick out larger trees and stagger your trees by planting 2 rows. For something like the Thuja Green Giant or Leyland Cypress plan for about 4-5 feet between trees on the diagonal. This will leave you with about 8 feet of space between each tree within the rows and the rows will be approximately 3 feet apart. Staggered screens are actually quite attractive and lush and are best for sound and wind blocking.

Shop our privacy tree collection and be sure to check out the Thuja Green Giant and Leyland Cypress, our favorite picks for privacy trees.  

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