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Tall Hedges For Privacy

February 8, 2022 Jill Raver
Filed in: Shrub Information

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If you don’t want to be able to see your neighbor’s yard or you don’t want them peering into yours, tall hedges for privacy are beautiful and a much more affordable option than wooden privacy fences. Another benefit to plants over fences is that you can choose tall hedges! The whole neighborhood would be talking if you put up a 10 or 20 feet tall fence, but with trees no one even thinks twice! Tall hedges provide true privacy that a 6 foot high wooden privacy fence won’t. 


Tall Hedges for Privacy

These privacy trees and shrubs are fast growing, low maintenance, adaptable, and hardy. Enjoy complete privacy from your neighbors within a few years with any of the following privacy shrubs. 

Cryptomeria Radicans

Cryptomeria Radicans. Tall Hedges for Privacy

Growing Zones: 5 to 9

Mature Size: 30 to 40 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide

Privacy Hedge Spacing: 8 to 10 feet

This deer resistant privacy tree offers fragrant, feathery foliage. 

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Howardi Ligustrum

Growing Zones 7 to 10

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

Privacy Hedge Spacing: 4 feet

This variegated ligustrum is more compact than other varieties. It is deer resistant and super easy to grow. 

Howardi Ligustrum for sale!

Leyland Cypress 

Leyland Cypress privacy tree

Growing Zones: 6 to 10

Mature Size: 40 to 60 feet tall and 15 feet wide

Privacy Hedge Spacing: 5 to 10 feet

The fast growing Leyland Cypress is a gorgeous privacy tree that is soft to the touch and extremely heat and drought tolerant. 

Order your Leyland Cypress hedge today!

Needlepoint Holly

Growing Zones: 7 to 9

Mature Size: 10 to 15 feet tall and wide

Privacy Hedge Spacing: 6 to 8 feet

This holly tree is extremely hardy and adaptable. It’s been a champ in my NC landscape. It laughs at drought, heat, humidity, poor soil, salt, and deer. 

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Nellie Stevens Holly

Nellie Stevens Holly tree

Growing Zones: 5 to 9

Mature Size: 20 to 30 feet tall and 8 to 10 feet wide

Privacy Hedge Spacing: 5 to 7 feet

These large Hollies have gorgeous red berries and a nice uniform habit. 

Nellie Stevens Hollies for sale. 

Oakland Holly

Growing Zone 6 to 9

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

Privacy Hedge Spacing: 6 to 8 feet

This holly stands out with its pretty oakleaf-like leaves. It is extremely low maintenance.

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Sapphire Cypress

Sapphire Cypress

Growing Zones: 5 to 9

Mature Size: 20 to 30 feet and 15 feet

Privacy Hedge Spacing: 7 to 8 feet

This stunning evergreen tree has soft, fragrant blue foliage.

Shop Sapphire Cypress trees online and have them shipped to your doorstep!

Thuja Green Giant Arborvitae 

Growing Zones: 5 to 9

Mature Size: 40 to 60 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide

Privacy Hedge Spacing: 5 to 8 feet

Arborvitae bushes and trees are definitely some of the best green screen hedge plants. I’d wager to say the Green Giant Arborvitae is the best fast growing privacy tree. 

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Wavy Leaf Ligustrum

Wavy Leaf Ligustrum

Growing Zones 7 to 10

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

Privacy Hedge Spacing: 4 to 5 feet

These flowering hedge plants are a great choice for southern landscapes. They are no maintenance tall hedges for privacy. 

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Wax Myrtle

Growing Zones: 7 to 10

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

Privacy Hedge Spacing: 4 to 6 feet

This privacy screen tree is great for hot climates. It grows very quickly. 

Shop Wax Myrtles online!


How To Get Your Privacy Hedge Off on the Right Root!

The secret to having healthy, beautiful plants in your landscape is water, water, water. But don’t tune me out yet! Like I said, these tall hedges for privacy are all drought tolerant. BUT, for the first few months these plants are establishing their roots. You want the roots to be healthy and vigorous and to grow deep, rather than shallow. The way to help your privacy shrubs do this is with deep waterings once or twice weekly. Use a hose with no attachment at the base of your plant, and let it run wide open for one to two minutes. Of course smaller plants will need less water and larger plants will need more. The goal is to get water penetration below the roots.

There are so many options when it comes to trees for privacy from neighbors. We hope you found one or two that you like in our list. All the privacy trees that we have chosen are low maintenance, hardy, fast growing, drought tolerant, and adaptable. So plant your tall hedge for privacy today and get one step closer to your perfect, PRIVATE backyard! Happy planting!


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