Answer: I've had a similar experience and it is a real cultural shock to have a greenbelt removed! Leyland cypress is a popular tree for screening and privacy plantings. You might also consider "Witchita Blue" or "Skyrocket" junipers. These are reasonably fast growing, upright plants. Or, American arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) is a tall, columnar evergreen that's a natural for planting in rows for quick screening. Eugenia is also suitable. Regardless of the size of plants you purchase, it will take them almost a year to become established before they will begin putting out lots of growth. Maybe some annual vines will provide a quick screen until your shrubs can take over. Hope one of these suggestions works for you in your landscape!
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