8 Fast-Growing Privacy Trees for Your Backyard

They say that good fences make good neighbors. However, sometimes you need a little more, especially if your neighbors overlook your yard. In such cases, fast-growing privacy trees can shield you better than traditional fencing. 

In this article, Dead or Alive Tree Service, your go-to tree service in Ormond Beach, explains which trees to choose.

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1. Bald Cypress

Do you have bad drainage in your yard? This tree is a good option that is very attractive in fall and grows between 18 and 24 inches a year. Be warned, it reaches 100 feet tall, and the canopy spreads out to about 40 feet in width. 

2. Chinese Tallow Tree

This tree repels pests better than poplars, so it’s a good substitute. It grows around 12 to 18 inches a year and only reaches about 40 feet in height, so it’s a good option if you have less space. They require full sun, but be warned, they can be messy.

3. Cottonwoods 

Cottonwoods are extremely fast-growing privacy trees, growing three to four feet a year. Tree care with this species, including watering mature trees, is simple, and they’ll easily grow to 70 feet at their mature height. It likes wetter conditions.

4. European Black Alder

Do you battle to find any trees that’ll grow in your garden because it’s wet? If so, try this species. It grows quickly initially and then slows to about 12 or 15 inches yearly. The tree reaches 60 feet tall by 40 feet wide. However, watch out for the root system as it is extensive. 

5. Dawn Redwood

Growing to 80 feet tall, this species needs some space. It’ll grow about two feet a year and likes moist soil. It’s versatile in that it can handle sun or shade. It looks like an evergreen, but the needles change color in the fall before falling off. 

6. Japanese Pagoda Tree

This tree produces beautiful flowers in summer and grows about 12 or 15 inches yearly. It’s fussy in that it needs rich soil that drains well. However, if you get this right, you can plant it in the full sun or even partial shade. It grows to about 75 feet high. 

7. Lemon Bottlebrush

This tree is a pretty specimen that does well in hot and dry conditions. It’ll survive a fair amount of drought and grows to a manageable 25 feet tall. Despite the name, it has red flowers and will grow up to 15 inches in a year. It requires well-drained soil and full sun but will tolerate some shade. 

8. Leyland Cypress

When you need impenetrable privacy, plant several of these close together to form a hedge. They’ll grow up to three feet per year and reach 70 feet tall. However, they respond well to pruning, so you can keep them under control. 

Call Us for Expert Advice

Would you like help choosing the right fast-growing privacy trees or wind-resistant trees? Don’t know the difference between Southern Catalpa and Thuja Green Giant? Call Dead or Alive Tree Service at (386) 333-2252 for professional advice. 

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