The 15 Best Trees & Shrubs

To Grow For

Backyard Privacy

Its thick evergreen foliage creates a dense hedge when the trees are spaced properly, it tolerates most soil conditions, and it’s cold-hardy and  low maintenance

1. Arborvitae

Some varieties of bamboo are invasive, so consider picking a slow-spreading, clumping variety, or planting it in large raised planters to keep it under control.

2. Bamboo

Planted in a sunny location and in well-drained soil, a laurel hedge will reward you with white blooms in spring.

3. Skip Laurel

Homeowners with small children or sensitive hands may want to consider a soft-leafed variety that’s free of the plant’s signature sharp, spiny leaves.

5. Holly

This low-maintenance option sets a wonderful evergreen backdrop for the rest of a yard, and its soft needles and winter berries make it a fast favorite with backyard wildlife.

7. Hicks Yew

This fast-growing shrub can reach 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide, creating an impressive display in a yard.

8. Red Twig Dogwood

The hardy chocolate vine It spreads very quickly, so be sure to rein it in with regular pruning.

9. Chocolate Vine

The trees grow quickly—up to 5 feet every year—so you can expect to block out curious eyes within a few seasons.

11. Cypress

Lilacs need lots of sun, so opt for another hedge option if you’re situated in a shady spot.

12. Lilac

Hydrangea plants grow up to 8 feet wide and 8 feet tall, making them great hedge plants.

14. Hydrangea

Several varieties of juniper make excellent privacy screen plants. Many cultivars grow up to 10 feet tall or more, including California and  Sierra junipers.

15. Juniper

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