06 Mar 2022

There is a great range of privacy trees that you can consider getting for your yard that will protect you from the wrong kind of neighborhood watch and keep you private within your own home.

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Top 10 Trees For A Privacy Fence

The following list shows the ten trees which offer the most privacy while also fitting in well with the natural landscape in your yard.

You should choose trees that fit in with your yard appearance as well as the amount of space you have available. 

  • Eastern Redcedar

This is a large, rugged tree with a rustic appearance that remains full and lush all year long as it is an evergreen. This makes it a great one to plant for continued privacy.


  • Height: 40 – 60 feet
  • Width: 10 – 20 feet
  • Sunlight Guidelines: Full to partial (four to eight hours of direct sun per day)

  • Hybrid Willow Tree

This is a disease-resistant tree that can grow between six to ten feet every year, making for a huge amount of privacy when installed in the backyard.

 The Hybrid Willow Tree will reach its maximum height in around five years and will continue to provide years of privacy in all weathers. With dense foliage, these also make for excellent windbreaker trees.


  • Height: 35 – 45 feet in rows, 75 feet alone
  • Width: 20 feet
  • Sunlight Guidance: Full to partial (three to six hours every day)

  • Leyland Cypress

This is one of the most popular trees for privacy as it is a beautiful, fast-growing evergreen.

It can provide solid and beautiful protection in the backyard, and as it is an evergreen, it will stay lush in all weather conditions.


  • Height: 40 – 60 feet in rows, 70 feet alone
  • Width: 15 – 20 feet in rows, 30 feet alone
  • Sunlight Guidance: Full (six or more hours per day)

  • Spartan Juniper

This is one of the best options for mid-sized yards that still require additional privacy.

The Spartan Juniper can be planted in a row to create a uniform and dense privacy fence, which also works excellent as a windbreaker.


  • Height: 15 feet
  • Width: 3 – 5 feet
  • Sunlight Guidance: Full (six or more hours of direct sunlight)

  • Sky Pencil Holly

This is an ideal privacy tree for smaller yards as it can offer the protection you desire without requiring as much space as other species.

These trees have a maximum mature height of around 10 feet and a thinner width of just two feet. Planted in a row, these trees can offer great protection from prying eyes as well as wind and noise without taking over the yard.


  • Height: 8 – 10 feet
  • Width: 2 feet
  • Sunlight Guidance: Full to partial (three to six hours per day)

  • Green Giant Thuja (Arborvitae)

The Green Giant Thuja has long been considered one of the best trees for privacy which is why you are likely to find it in various backyards.

These trees are very fast-growing, which makes them easy to plant in the yard and offers a lot of privacy through their foliage. These are durable trees and hardy to the cold weather, so they will continue to offer privacy all year long.

As well as being able to survive most climates, the Green Giant Thuja is resistant to most diseases and pests.


  • Height: 30 – 40 feet
  • Width: 5 – 8 feet in rows
  • Sunlight Guidance: Full to partial (three to six hours of direct sunlight per day)

  • Emerald Green Thuja (Arborvitae)

With a mature growth of around 14 feet, this tree can provide all of the elegance and privacy of its cousin, the Green Giant Thuja, without taking up as much space.

This tree has a controlled growth of just six to nine inches per year, making it easy to maintain, and it will look great in the yard all year round.


  • Height: 12 – 14 feet
  • Width: 3 – 4 feet in rows
  • Sunlight Guidance: Full to partial

  • Flowering Dogwood

These are great privacy trees due to their thick foliage and great size, but they also come with the added benefit of providing more color than the other species in this list.

If you are looking for a privacy tree that will change with the seasons, providing a pop of color as it flowers, then the Flowering Dogwood is ideal for you. 

There are several colors available, including white, red, and pink, plus the berries will attract various forms of birds into your yard throughout the year. 


  • Height: 15 – 25 feet
  • Width: 15 – 25 feet
  • Sunlight Guidance: Full to partial

  • Weeping Podocarpus

This is a fast-growing, woody evergreen that can offer a lot of privacy to most yards.

These trees are most popular in warm locations like Florida and California, where the billowing foliage can soak up enough sun to help it flourish. 


  • Height: 35 – 45 feet
  • Width: 10 – 20 feet
  • Sunlight Guidance: Full to partial

  •  Goldspire Ginkgo

If you are looking for a privacy tree that is as beautiful as it is functional, then the Goldspire Ginkgo should be at the top of your list.

These stunning trees have a narrow, pyramid-like shape when fully matured, and the foliage will change with the seasons. The lush green leaves transform into mesmerizing golden hues in the fall.


  • Height: 14 – 16 feet
  • Width: 5 – 6 feet
  • Sunlight Guidance: Full to partial (three to six hours per day)