Answer: Privet is a deciduous shrub in cold winter areas, although it does hold its leaves very late in the season. It is a traditional hedge plant because it is easy to grow and takes pruning or shearing well. It also grows very quickly. For an unsheared or natural, informal look, forsythia is also a possibility.
Yew is a traditional hedge plant in England and it is evergreen. However, like many evergreens, it is slower growing and more expensive than most deciduous plants.
Additional evergreens to consider would include taller varieties of juniper and narrow upright varieties of arborvitae. In some locations, the Catawba rhododendron can also be used for screening.
You might wish to consult with area nursery staff who are familiar with shrubs and see what they suggest to suit the growing conditions you have to offer. Your county extension may also have some suggestions.
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