The Q&A Archives: Trees for Privacy

Question: We are looking to put up a "wall of trees" for privacy, but are unsure of the best type. We live in the Northeast so weather is a factor. Please advise.

Answer: Since you are concerned about privacy, I assume you need some evergreens suitable for use along a property line or as a visual barrier. You might consider an Arborvitae such as "Wintergreen" which forms a tall pyramid approximately 20 feet high and 5 to 10 feet wide at the base, or a Juniper such as "Spearmint" which grows to about 15 feet tall and stays quite narrow at only 3 or 4 feet wide. These plants grow in relatively uniform shapes, are winter-hardy and quite sturdy; these particular varieties also maintain good winter color.

If you would prefer something faster growing, you might consider the old-fashioned but effective privet hedge. While privet does lose its leaves every winter, and it does require some trimming, it is a very reliable and relatively inexpensive hedge plant.

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