With a yard full of vibrant greens and colorful flowers, the last thing you want is a big brown fence getting in the way!
But you still want to enjoy your outdoor space in peace. So, go ahead and plant privacy trees.
You get the best of both worlds–fresh, green landscaping that doubles as a hideaway. And, when you choose a fast-growing tree, you can get comfy in your quiet retreat in no time.
Ready to jump right in? Below, find the trees and shrubs that will secure your space the fastest.
Evergreens are most common, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only option!
Lots of plants make good candidates. In fact, it’s best to mix things up. That way, if one plant gets attacked by a pest or disease, it won’t affect your entire screen.
One more thing! While fast-growing trees are great at quickly giving you privacy, they’re not without their flaws. Quick-growing trees and shrubs tend to have weaker wood that is more prone to breakage and attack by insects and diseases. They also require more frequent pruning to keep them under control and help them develop a strong structure.
If you want plants that grow a bit slower but still work great for privacy fences, click here. Or if you want to stick with a fast grower, choose trees or shrubs below that will work in your hardiness zone so that they’re accustomed and prepared to thrive in your area.
That would be the first shrub we listed above, the north privet. This speedy shrub can grow up to three feet per year!
Hybrid poplar tops the list. It can grow upwards of five feet per year. The Leyland cypress, green giant arborvitae, and silver maple are all close seconds because they add about two feet to their height each year.
Eastern white pine and green giant arborvitae are some of the fastest-growing evergreens. Each add on about 2 feet every year!