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5 Trees That Make Great Privacy Hedges

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If you long for more privacy in your backyard, consider planting a privacy hedge. Generally, such a hedge consist of numerous tall and narrow trees planted next to one another in a way that creates a continuous barrier. Privacy hedges not only keep prying eyes off your yard, but they act as a windbreak and sound barrier, keeping your yard quiet and peaceful. 

Here are several types of tall, narrow trees that make excellent privacy hedges.

1. Thuja Green Giant

If your goal is to have a very tall privacy hedge, thuja green giant trees are an excellent choice. They grow up to 5 feet per year and have a mature height of 30 to 40 feet. This evergreen species stays green and vibrant all year long. It has a narrow, pyramid shape, and its dense foliage does a good job of blocking wind, snow, and sound.

Although thuja green giant trees look tidy, they don't require frequent pruning to maintain their shape. They grow well in sandy or heavy clay soil, and they're resistant to common tree diseases. 

2. Leyland Cypress

Leyland cypress trees are another tall, columnar choice. They grow to about 60 feet tall, and each tree has a width of about 15 to 25 feet. Leyland cypress trees stay green all year, and they have dense foliage that effectively blocks wind and snow. The bluish-gray color of the needles adds interest to your space, and you may even see song birds gathering in the trees.

Leyland cypress trees do require full sunlight, but they're tolerant of most soil types. They require annual pruning to maintain a tidy shape. These trees produce small cones, about 1/2 inch in diameter, which some homeowners may find a pain to clean up.

3. Blue Point Juniper

If you prefer a smaller privacy hedge, consider planting blue point junipers, which have a mature height of about 12 feet. They have a pyramid-like shape with a somewhat rounded midsection, and their branches point upward for a rather sleek look. As the name suggests, their needles have a bluish-green color.

Blue point junipers only need light pruning once a year to maintain their shape. They do best in full sunlight and may require watering during a heat wave.

4. Sky Pencil Holly

Another smaller tree, the sky pencil holly is 8 feet tall and about 3 feet wide when mature. It has a unique shape with branches that emerge from the base and stretch straight up towards the sky. If you plant both male and female plants, the female bushes will develop purple berries.

Sky pencil holly trees require annual pruning to maintain their shape. They also require regular watering, especially during the summer. Since the trees tolerate urban pollution well, you can use them for a privacy screen near the street without worry.

5. Hicksii Yew

The hicksii yew is a lush tree with a narrow, column shape and attractive red berries. Its branches resemble fern leaves and are very soft, making this tree a good choice for high-traffic areas. Hicksii yew trees grow to about 12 feet tall and 4 feet wide. They'll tolerate some shade, unlike some of the other trees on this list. They're also resistant to most insects and diseases.

Hicksii yew trees are not particularly fast-growing, so they don't require heavy pruning. Their dense foliage does a great job of blocking wind. 

A privacy hedge made with one of the tree varieties above could completely transform your landscape. When your trees need pruning, be sure to contact T's Trees. We offer comprehensive tree trimming and care services throughout the Louisville area.