Privacy Trees | 15 Deer Resistant Options

Privacy Trees are a natural and excellent way to block out unwanted sights or sounds or define a property line. There are many great privacy trees to choose from, but for this article we will focus on helping out our friends in rural or suburban areas that tend to have problems with deer. Knowing your options when it comes to deer resistant Privacy Trees can make a huge difference in the success of your privacy hedge.

It isn’t easy to find Privacy Trees that deer avoid and let’s face it if there is nothing else to eat deer will eat pretty much anything. So keep this in mind when searching for deer resistant plants and trees; there is no such thing as deer-proof plants. Even with many of the shrubs and trees deer tend to avoid they may still eat the flowers or the tender young foliage. Extra protection especially for young plants may be your best bet if you have a heavy deer population and experience extensive damage each year. Try netting and repellent sprays for added protection.

Growing Zones: 5 to 9

Mature Height: 40-60 feet

Mature Width: 10-15 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 5-10 feet

The Green Giant 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.

Growing Zones: 5 to 9

Mature Height: 20-30 feet

Mature Width: 15 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 7-8 feet

The Carolina Sapphire Arizona Cypress is fast growing and extremely heat and drought tolerant. This privacy tree offers a unique look, lovely scent, and great color!

Growing Zones: 4 to 9

Mature Height: 12 feet

Mature Width: 6-8 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 5 feet

The Blue Point Juniper has lovely evergreen blue green foliage. This tree creates a lovely screen with no pruning needed. The feathery Blue Point Juniper is drought tolerant and easy to grow.

Growing Zones: 6 to 9

Mature Height: 15-20 feet

Mature Width: 12-15 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 7-10 feet

The low maintenance Oakland Holly has emerald green leaves that resemble oak leaves. This privacy shrub is similar in size and shape to the American Holly, but is a less prickly variety.

Growing Zones: 5 to 9

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 fast growing, low maintenance, versatile, and extremely adaptable.

Growing Zones: 7 to 9

Mature Height: 10-15 feet

Mature Width: 10-15 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 7-8 feet

This tough holly grows in sun or shade and adapts to just about any soil. In fall and winter red berries are the star of the show, adding color and interest and inviting songbird visitors to your yard.

Growing Zones: 6b to 10

Mature Height: 6-8 feet

Mature Width: 3-4 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 2-3 feet

This nandina will make a truly unique and colorful privacy screen. Not only will you enjoy evergreen foliage, Nandina domestica offers petite flowers and red berries too. Nandinas are low maintenance, drought and heat tolerant, and pest and disease resistant.

Growing Zones: 7 to 10

Mature Height: 10 feet

Mature Width: 6 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 4-5 feet

If you are looking for an inexpensive, natural privacy fence, this bush is the perfect choice! This Ligustrum is one of the fastest growing evergreen shrubs. It can actually double in size every year. This shiny shrub even tolerates heavy pruning if you want to keep it at a certain height.

Growing Zones: 7 to 10

Mature Height: 6-8 feet

Mature Width: 5-6 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 4 feet

This evergreen bush stands out with a luscious lemon and lime variegation that cannot be beat! New growth emerges yellow and as the leaves age the color gradually deepens to green. The leaves are thick, shiny, and smooth, not prickly like those of a holly. This shrub is dense and lush.

Growing Zones: 7 to 10

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.

Growing Zones: 7 to 9

Mature Height: 70 feet

Mature Width: 20-40 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 15 feet

This large fast growing Privacy Tree has an extremely long life span. The Cedar Deodar is adaptable to just about any soil. It is also low maintenance, drought tolerant, and resistant to storm damage and breakage as well.

Growing Zones: 3 to 7

Mature Height: 8-10 feet

Mature Width: 10-15 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 7-8 feet

This evergreen bush has dense foliage that provides complete privacy coverage. The Mugo Pine is a tough shrub that is cold hardy and salt and pollution tolera

Growing Zones: 3 to 7

Mature Height: 60 feet

Mature Width: 15-20 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 10 feet

The Colorado Blue Spruce has blue needles and a wonderful scent. This low maintenance Privacy Tree is a tough and sturdy tree that tolerates extreme cold, high winds and heavy snow.

Growing Zones: 6 to 9

Mature Height: 6-8 feet

Mature Width: 6-10 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 4 feet

The Japanese Plum Yew has lush evergreen foliage that looks like miniature palm fronds. This low maintenance shrub is drought, heat and salt tolerant and tolerates full sun to full shade.

Growing Zones: 5 to 9

Mature Height: 10-12 feet

Mature Width: 8 feet

Privacy Screen Spacing: 6 feet

The popular American Boxwood is sure to transform your home and garden. This trusted landscape standard provides year-round color, texture, and beauty.

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