The Rosedale Plantsman's Recommended Trees and Shrubs for Privacy Screening

Recommended Trees & Shrubs for Privacy Screening

It is worth remembering that you can create very effective and reasonably priced screening with both Evergreen and Deciduous trees and shrubs. For example, the suggested Deciduous trees and shrubs have dense branches and leaves, and can be used for where warm weather privacy is important, but where winter screening is not essential. In addition, certain Deciduous plants can provide better screening in wet soils (where may Evergreens would not grow well), or where Evergreens might look unnatural or grow too large.

Except as noted (see "Key" below), the following trees and shrubs grow well in full sun or with at least 1/2 day of full sun. Some as noted also tolerate or grow well in shade.


* = Grows well in either full sun/light shade or partial shade (1/2 day direct sun)
** = Grows well in light or partial shade, moderate shade, or full shade
W= Tolerates damp/wet soils

For Informal or Natural Privacy Screening

Evergreen Trees

  • American Holly (Ilex opaca) ** W
  • Ketleer Juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Ketleeri'
  • Norway Spruce (Picea abies) *
  • White Spruce )Picea glauca) W
  • Serbian Spruce (Picea omorika)
  • Colorado Spruce (Picea pungens)
  • White Pine (Pinus strobus)
  • Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesi)
  • Canadian Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) *
  • Leyland Cypress (X Cupressocyparis Leylandii) *

Evergreen Shrubs

  • Manhattan Euonymus (Euonymus kiautshovicus "Manhattan') **
  • Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata) **
  • China Girl (Ilex cornuta 'China Girl') **
  • American Holly (Ilex opaca) W
  • Blue Holly varieties (Ilex x meserveae) **
  • Hetz Juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Hetzi')
  • Pfitzer Juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Pfitzeriana')
  • Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) *
  • Rosebay Rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum)**
  • Rhododendron Hybrids *
  • Willowwood Viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum 'Willowwood') **
  • Pragense Viburnum (Viburnum x 'Pragense') *

Deciduous Trees

  • Hedge maple (Acer Campestre)
  • Amer Maple (Acer ginnala)
  • European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)
  • Katsura Tree (Cercidiphyllum japonica) W
  • Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa) *
  • Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas) * W
  • Washington Hawthorn (Cratageus phaenopyrum)
  • American Beech (Fagus grandiflora)
  • European Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
  • Magnolias (species and hybrids) *
  • Flowering Crabapples (Malus species and hybrids)

Deciduous Shrubs

  • Quince (Chaenomeles - taller varieties)
  • Shrub Dogwood varieties (Cornus species) *
  • Forsythia (all except dwarf types) *
  • Witch hazel (Hammamellis varieties) * W
  • Rose-of-Sharon (Hibiscus varieties)
  • Panicled Hydrangea (H. paniculata 'Pee Gee' 'Tardiva')
  • Oakleaf Hydrangea (H. quercifolia, 'Alice' 'Snow Queen'
  • Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) * W
  • Rock Rose varieties (Rosa rugosa)
  • Spirea - taller varieties (Spirea)
  • Lilac varieties (Syringa)
  • Viburnum - taller varieties (for wet areas, use V. dentatum) *

For Narrow or Formal Privacy Hedges

Evergreen Trees

  • American Holly (Ilex opaca) ** W
  • Ketleer Juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Ketleeeri')
  • Hetz Columnar Juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Fairview')
  • Hetz Wintergreen Arborvitae (Thuja occ. 'Hetz wintergreen')
  • Dark American Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Nigra') *
  • Dark Green Mission Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Techney') *
  • Canadian Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) *

Evergreen Shrubs

  • China Girl/Boy (Ilex x 'China Girl/Boy') **
  • Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata - upright forms) *
  • Hybrid Blue Holly (Ilex x Meserveae hybrids) **
  • Firethorn (Pyracantha varieties) *
  • Hatfield Yew (Taxus x media "Hatfieldii')
  • Hicks Yew (Taxus x media 'Hicksii') *

Deciduous Trees

  • Pyramidal European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata')
  • European Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
  • Washington Hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum)
  • Theves Lombardy Poplar (Populus nigra 'Thevestina')
  • Callery Flowering Pear (Pyrus calleryana varieties)
  • Greenspire European Linden (Tilia cordata 'Greenspire')

Deciduous Shrubs

  • California Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium)
  • Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum) *
  • Siebold Viburnum (V. sieboldii)
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