The Q&A Archives: Trees For Privacy

Question: I'm trying to find the perfect evergreen tree to use between my 1926 Spanish Revival home and my neighbor's backyard two-story rental unit. Lots are small so I need heighth, not breadth, to the tree. I'm planning on giving the backyard a tropical look. I'd appreciate any suggestions you may have.

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Answer: Cyathea cooperi (Australian Tree Fern) is a fast growing, tropical looking evergreen and might fit the situation you describe. Another possiblity is a banana tree (sold either as Musa or Ensete). Finally, you may find just the right palm tree to block the neighbor's view. I'd suggest Sabal, Washingtonia or Brahea.

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