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What Are The Fastest Growing Trees For Privacy

They say good fences make for good neighbors, but not everyone likes the look of a giant wooden wall separating their home from the yards next to them.  Fences are expensive to build, difficult to maintain, and weather/discolor easily leaving you with an backyard that leaves you feeling frustrated instead of refreshed.

ProductBrandNamePrice
DAS FarmsAmerican Boxwood Liners (Lot of 10 plants) Traditional evergreen hedgeCheck Price on Amazon
New Life Nursery & GardenLeyland Cypress Tree - Live Plant - 2-3 Feet Tall - Trade Gallon potCheck Price on Amazon
Pixies Gardens50 plants of Thuja green giant, Nature's Privacy Fence, Green, Tall and Beautiful HedgeCheck Price on Amazon
Brighter BloomsEmerald Green Arborvitae Evergreen Trees- 3-4 ft. Tall in 5 gallon pots - Perfect for Privacy- Large, Developed Trees with Advanced Root SystemsCheck Price on Amazon
Twigz Nursery24 Hybrid Willow Trees. Austree grows 12 foot 1st season. Create instant privacy fence hedgeCheck Price on Amazon

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Because of the challenges associated with building and maintaining fences, many homeowners are turning toward fast growing trees to separate them from their neighbors and the benefits are both financial and aesthetic.  We’re going to take a look at 5 of the best, fastest growing trees you can plant around your backyard to ensure you have as much privacy as possible.

American Boxwood Hedge

For a traditional garden look, one of the best privacy trees around is the American Boxwood Hedge.  When you think of garden mazes and manicured topiary garden walls, you’re generally thinking of a boxwood hedge.

Designed to easily separate spaces, the American Boxwood is designed to grow well in any climate and remain evergreen throughout the entire season whether you are in the frozen tundra of Michigan or the lush plains of Nebraska.

As far as the height of the trees go – typically they grow between 5 and 10 feet tall, but if let go and unpruned they can reach heights of 20 feet.  Generally growing around 5 to 8 feet around, these trees give you a reasonable amount of filler and a height that will prevent your neighbors from peeking into your backyard.

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Leyland Cypress Tree

One of the taller entries on our list of the top 5 fast growing privacy trees, the Leyland Cypress tree has the ability to grow to heights of 50-70 feet with a width of 15-20 feet.  Designed to grow best in full sun, these trees typically grow between 3 and 4 feet annually once they are established in soil and their root system is fully engaged.

The pyramidal structure of the Leyland Cypress tree also ensures that there will be the privacy screening you need at the lower parts of the tree while also giving you more natural sunlight streaming in from the thinner parts of the tree so there is no chance of feeling trapped in a claustrophobic wall of trees.

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Thuja Green Giant

The Thuja Green Giant tree, like the Leyland Cypress, is a taller, heartier tree that experiences rapid growth to ensure that your privacy fence doesn’t take a lifetime to develop.  Arriving to your home as a 1-2 year old tree, the Thuja Green Giants are designed to grow between 3 and 5 feet annually until they reach a height of 60 to 80 feet tall and a girth of 15 – 20 feet around.

The Thuja Green Giant also carries two important distinctions: it is easy to grow for gardening beginners and more disease resistant than the Leyland Cypress and some of the other trees on the list.  This tree is also more drought resistant than many other privacy trees, so for drier and more arid climates, this tree should probably jump toward the top of the list.

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Emerald Green Arborvitae

The Emerald Green Arborvitae tree is a staple for landscapers for several reasons.  For one, this privacy tree is almost foolproof. It’s more pest resistant than most other trees, vulnerable really only to bagworms, and it is drought resistant, requiring little maintenance and specific care.

Growing to more modest dimensions of 12 feet high by 3-5 feet wide, this tree is great for marking a backyard space and providing the privacy you want without boxing your home and yard in via a giant wall of trunks and leaves.

One of the other advantages of the Arborvitae is that it maintains its deep green color year round.  Whether you are near the lakes of Minnesota or the Shenandoah Valley, even in the dead of winter these plants will retain their natural evergreen color instead of fading to brown like most other trees.

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Hybrid Willow Trees

Finally, the last entry on our list, the Hybrid Willow checks in as the fastest growing and perhaps the best privacy tree available.  A single foot tall cutting will typically grow no less than 12 feet per year with an average being far closer to 14 feet, and that growth rate doesn’t slow – it is the typical anticipated growth rate for what is known as the fastest growing tree in the world.

With an average lifespan of 70 years, these trees will provide the privacy and protection you desire in your backyard for likely longer than you will live in that backyard – so you won’t have to worry about replacement.

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Verdict

All five of these trees made our list for a reason – they all grow at a rapid pace and are tall and thick enough to offer all the privacy screening you would want without the eyesore that a traditional wooden fence has to offer.  All of that being said, the Hybrid Willow wins our award for the Best fast growing privacy tree simply because it is the only tree that is likely to outgrow your neighbors in the first year, allowing you to enjoy a true privacy wall in your yard a year or two faster than any of the other plants on the market.

ProductBrandNamePrice
DAS FarmsAmerican Boxwood Liners (Lot of 10 plants) Traditional evergreen hedgeCheck Price on Amazon
New Life Nursery & GardenLeyland Cypress Tree - Live Plant - 2-3 Feet Tall - Trade Gallon potCheck Price on Amazon
Pixies Gardens50 plants of Thuja green giant, Nature's Privacy Fence, Green, Tall and Beautiful HedgeCheck Price on Amazon
Brighter BloomsEmerald Green Arborvitae Evergreen Trees- 3-4 ft. Tall in 5 gallon pots - Perfect for Privacy- Large, Developed Trees with Advanced Root SystemsCheck Price on Amazon
Twigz Nursery24 Hybrid Willow Trees. Austree grows 12 foot 1st season. Create instant privacy fence hedgeCheck Price on Amazon

* Links in this table contain affiliate links, which means at no additional cost to you, we will earn a commission if you click through the link and make a purchase. Thank you for your support. For more details, please visit our Privacy policy page.

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