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Plants For Privacy: Top 10 Plants That Protect & Beautify

February 8, 2022 Jill Raver
Filed in: Privacy Trees
plants for privacy - wax myrtle

We all love our privacy especially when it comes to our home and backyard. Privacy isn’t just about keeping unwanted eyes out, it's also about protecting and preserving our desired view of our home and neighborhood. The right choice in privacy plants will add beauty to your landscape and frame your yard. 


Plants For Privacy

Here are our top 10 plants that protect and beautify:

Blue Point Juniper

blue point juniper

Growing Zones 4-9

Mature Size: 10 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide

Offering great color and a manageable size, the Blue Point Juniper makes an excellent privacy tree. This hardy and attractive evergreen is deer resistant and drought tolerant.

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Carolina Sapphire Cypress

Carolina Sapphire Cypress

Growing Zones 6-9

Mature Size: 20 to 30 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide

This cool blue evergreen tree will eliminate your neighbors completely! The Carolina Sapphire Cypress is an Arizona Cypress tree that is deer, disease, and pest resistant. This stunning privacy tree is fast growing and fills in quickly.

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Emerald Green Arborvitae

Emerald Green Arborvitae

Growing Zones 3-8

Mature Size: 10 to 15 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide

This is one of the most beautiful privacy trees in the world. The lush deep green foliage dances around this pretty tree. The Emerald Green offers an almost columnar shape that adds a lot of curb appeal. Once established, this tree is maintenance free.

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Howardi Ligustrum

howardi ligustrum

Growing Zones 7-10

Mature Size: 6 to 8 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide

I love this privacy bush for its awesome variegation and color. Think lemon and lime! The Howardi Ligustrum is vibrant and intriguing. It is also fast growing, pest, deer, and disease resistant, and low maintenance. This type of shrub is very popular in the south where it grows like a weed. However, the Howardi is more controlled in its growth and doesn’t get so overgrown like its relatives.

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Nellie Stevens Holly

nellie stevens holly

Growing Zones 6-9

Mature Size: 20 to 30 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide

This holly is a classic. It is such a pretty shrub, but it does grow quite large so keep this in mind when choosing it for your space. The Nellie Stevens does tolerate heavy pruning to keep it under control. The red berries are lovely and on every bush without a need for a pollinator shrub.

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Oakland Holly

Oakland Holly

Growing Zones 6-9

Mature Size: 15 to 20 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide

This evergreen privacy plant is so unique. It has all the same hardiness and ease of care that other hollies do, but with distinctive leaves that resemble Oak tree leaves. This dense foliage is shiny and emerald green. The Oakland Holly creates a phenomenal privacy hedge. 

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October Magic Inspiration Camellia

October Magic Inspiration Camellia

Growing Zones 7-9

Mature Size: 6 to 8 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide

Camellias are flowering evergreen plants that are gorgeous on their own, but combined into a privacy hedge they are absolutely stunning. The October Magic Inspiration Camellia has beautiful bicolor blooms that steal the show. These abundant magenta and white blooms take your breath away in fall and winter. This camellia is salt, drought, and heat tolerant as well as disease and deer resistant, and easy to grow!

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Ruby Loropetalum

Ruby Loropetalum

Growing Zones 7-10

Mature Size: 5 to 6 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide

I had to throw this pretty purple shrub in my perfect plants for privacy list. I love its purple foliage and bright pink flowers. The Ruby Loropetalum is definitely a unique screening plant, but it grows quickly and offers great color. Just keep in mind it only reaches about 6 feet tall so it won’t block out everything. This evergreen plant is very heat tolerant and no maintenance is required once it's established. 

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Steeds Holly

Steeds Holly

Growing Zones 5-9

Mature Size: 6 to 8 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide

The Steeds Holly is a small-leaved soft touch holly. The foliage is lush and rich with a really nice texture. You are going to love this shrub as a manageable and easy-to-grow privacy screen.

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Wax Myrtle

Wax Myrtle

Growing Zones 7-10

Mature Size: 15 to 20 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide

The Wax Myrtle is incredibly fast growing with growth rates of 3 to 5 feet in a single growing season! This fast growing privacy hedge tree provides year-round appeal with its dense evergreen foliage. The Wax Myrtle can handle heavy sculpting. You can shape it into a tree or maintain it as a shrub. No matter how you prune this privacy plant, it will reward you by looking great and providing excellent coverage.

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Keep out ugly sights and protect yourself from nosy neighbors with our plants for privacy. Consider something ordinary or add something extraordinary. Use one type of plant or mix and match. You’re the boss! Anything you select from this list is going to be easy to grow, evergreen, and hardy within the recommended growing zones. Now, go get you some privacy! Happy planting! 

Check out our Trees For Privacy That Are Low Maintenance for more privacy options or tips on Noise Reduction Landscaping.

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