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Green Mountain
Green Mountain Boxwood (Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’) is an extremely popular boxwood. It has great cold tolerance and is one of the most naturally resistant to Boxwood Blight. It is deer and rabbit resistant and grows well in full sun to shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 4-9.
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Schmidt
Schmidt Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Schmidt’) is a lesser-known boxwood variety but has a desirable tall and narrow growth habit making it great for hedging. It is deer resistant and grows in full sun to partial shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 5-8.
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Box Honeysuckle
Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida) is lovely hedge in its own right but also makes a great boxwood substitute for areas with Boxwood Blight. The foliage is evergreen and very similar to boxwood. It is deer resistant, takes full sun to full shade, and grows in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Hick's Yew
Hicks Yew (Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’) is the best hedge for deep shade locations, although it also thrives in full sun. This is a naturally narrow plant, so it is good for small spaces. It has evergreen needles and bright red fruits. Hicks Yew is hardy to USDA Zones 5-8.
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Little Simon
Little Simon Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Little Simon’) is a dwarf selection of Emerald Green that only reaches 3-4’ tall. It is a great boxwood substitute for colder regions and blight-susceptible areas. It grows best in full sun and is hardy in USDA Zones 3-8.
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Teton Firethorn
Teton Firethorn (Pyracantha ‘Teton’) is an evergreen hedge that boasts billows of white flowers in spring, followed by bright orange fruits that feed birds through winter. Sharp thorns keep deer away. It grows well in full sun to shade and is hardy in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Living privacy screens have had a recent surge in popularity, although they have been in use for thousands of years! They can be in hedge form or individual screening plants, but the main purpose is to provide privacy in the summer and light in the winter.

Here we will list the best screening plants to use for living privacy screens, along with detailed information about each of them.

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5 Varieties of Best Screening Trees

Acer ginnala Flame
Flame Amur Maple

Acer ginnala ‘Flame’

Carpinus betulus
European Hornbeam

Carpinus betulus

European Beech
European Beech

Fagus sylratica

Royal Star Magnolia
Royal Star Magnolia

Magnolia stellata ‘Royal Star’

Baid Cypress
Baid Cypress

Taxodium distichum

Acer ginnala Flame
Flame Amur Maple

Acer ginnala ‘Flame’

SCREENING VS. PRIVACY HEDGING

Screening and hedging are very similar concepts, with one notable difference: privacy hedges are dense, evergreen, and you cannot see through them, while screening plants provide privacy in summer and allow light through in the winter. This could be from dropping their leaves or from being spaced further apart at planting. Looking for the best privacy hedges?

Screening trees
beech hedge as one of the best screening trees.

EXAMPLE OF A PRIVACY SCREEN

Deciduous European Beech provides privacy in summer yet allows light through in winter.

WHEN TO USE A SCREEN

Privacy screen trees are best planted in areas where privacy is desired during summer months but would suffer from lack of light in the winter if a privacy hedge was used.

A great example would be a typical suburban backyard space: heavily used in the warmer months for outdoor entertaining, perhaps with a swimming pool, making privacy and noise-blocking a must. In northern climates especially, where daylight hours in winter are scarce, getting as much light into the house as possible is vital during the colder months. Having a tall screening plants as a deciduous trees or shrubs is the perfect solution! It provides a lush, leafy backdrop for outdoor activities, giving privacy and reducing noise. When the leaves fall in winter, precious winter sunlight filters through beautifully. You can plant an instant screen using InstantHedge, or plant a conventional screen using individual trees or shrubs. You can compare InstantHedge vs. Conventional hedges here.

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In summer, this beech hedge gives privacy. In winter, it allows precious light into the home.

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In urban settings with outdoor living areas, summer privacy is the main concern

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Beech creates seasonal privacy around a summer vegetable garden

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This patio is used only in spring, summer, and fall, when the beech hedge has leaves.

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Hornbeam creates a dense summer privacy screen

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Cornelian-cherry makes a beautiful screen with seasonal interest

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This outdoor living space has summer privacy and winter light thanks to the hornbeam screen

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This cottage has summer privacy from the surrounding hedge, and gets plenty of light in the winter

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This pool is used exclusively in the summer, so a deciduous privacy hedge is perfect

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Privacy and wind protection are achieved in summer around this pool with a beech screen

BEST SCREENING TREES

Although you could install large, evergreen screening plants by planting them further apart originally, planting a deciduous hedge is our favorite method. This provides full privacy in the summer, while far-spaced evergreens will not. These are our favorite garden screening plants:

FLAME AMUR MAPLE

Acer Ginnala ‘Flame’

fast growing evergreen shrubs for privacy
fast growing privacy plants

Flame Amur Maple (Acer ginnala ‘Flame’) is one of the best screening trees and has outstanding fall color in fiery reds, oranges, and yellows. It is very cold-hardy (down to -40ºF!), making especially well-suited to the Northern US. It can easily be grown as a screen thanks to its multi-stemmed natural habit and can be maintained by pruning once per year. Amur maple is one of the fast growing screening plants. It thrives in full sun to part shade, and it is quite drought-tolerant once established. Learn more about Flame Amur Maple hedges here.

  • NAME Acer ginnala ‘Flame’ (Flame Amur Maple)

  • EVERGREEN/DECIDUOUS Deciduous (Fiery fall color)

  • HARDINESS ZONE Zones 3-8

  • GROWTH RATE Fast (Up to 2 feet per year)

  • GROWTH HABIT Multi-Stemmed

  • LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Sun to Part Shade

  • DEER/PESTS Deer

  • MAINTENANCE Prune 1 time per year

EUROPEAN BEECH

Fagus Sylvatica

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Beech hedging (Fagus Sylvatica) is extremely popular in Europe, and American gardens with a European style just aren’t complete without a beech hedge. Although deciduous, beech will hold their leaves through much of the winter months, adding a copper-colored texture to the winter landscape. They are low maintenance screening plants but will grow to a large size if desired. Dense branching provides optimum privacy in the summer. There are varieties with dark burgundy to purple foliage that are particularly stunning. Learn more about European Beech hedges.

  • NAME Fagus sylvatica (European Beech)

  • EVERGREEN/DECIDUOUS Deciduous (copper leaves persist)

  • HARDINESS ZONE Zones 5-8

  • GROWTH RATE Moderate (‘<1-2’ feet per year)

  • GROWTH HABIT Heavily-branched

  • LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Sun to Part Shade

  • DEER/PESTS None

  • MAINTENANCE Prune 1 time per year

EUROPEAN HORNBEAM

Carpinus Betulus

Best screening plants
Screening plants

Hornbeam (Carpinus Betulus) is a very popular choice for screening and hedging. A natural screening plant with yellow fall color, Carpinus holds its brown leaves through much of the winter to provide extra privacy. It is easy to grow and has wonderful resistance to many pests and diseases. You can learn more about Hornbeam hedges here.

  • NAME Carpinus betulus (European Hornbeam)

  • EVERGREEN/DECIDUOUS Deciduous (copper leaves persist)

  • HARDINESS ZONE Zones 4-8

  • GROWTH RATE Moderate (‘< 1-2’ feet per year)

  • GROWTH HABIT Heavily-branched, pyramidal

  • LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Sun to Part Shade

  • DEER/PESTS None

  • MAINTENANCE Prune 1 time per year

ROYAL STAR MAGNOLIA

Magnolia Stellata ‘Royal Star’

garden screening plants
Screening plants region

Royal Star Magnolia is a beautiful choice for those looking for a truly stunning and unique privacy screen! This magnolia is covered in fragrant, large, white flowers in late winter to early spring, followed by vibrant green foliage through the summer. This screening plant is a compact grower, so it requires very little pruning. Prefers moist soil and full sun. Deer resistant. You can learn more about Royal Star Magnolia hedges here.

  • NAME Magnolia stellata ‘Royal Star’ (Royal Star Magnolia)

  • EVERGREEN/DECIDUOUS Deciduous

  • HARDINESS ZONE Zones 5-9

  • GROWTH RATE Moderate (‘1-2’ feet per year)

  • GROWTH HABIT Heavily-branched, pyramidal

  • LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Full Sun

  • DEER/PESTS None

  • MAINTENANCE Prune 1 time per year or as needed

ARROWWOOD VIBURNUM

Viburnum Dentatum

Arrowwood Viburnum Growing Regions

Arrowwood Viburnum is also a beautiful and unique screening plant. It is native to North America and boasts extreme cold hardiness and deer resistance. It has pretty white flowers in late spring that attract pollinators. The summer foliage is a fresh green. This is a great shrub for privacy screening as it can reach up to 10′ height with dense branching. Learn more about Arrowwood Viburnum hedges here.

  • NAME Viburnum dentatum (Arrowwood Viburnum)

  • EVERGREEN/DECIDUOUS Deciduous

  • HARDINESS ZONE Zones 2-8

  • GROWTH RATE Moderate (6-12 inches per year)

  • GROWTH HABIT Heavily-branched shrub

  • LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Full Sun to Partial Shade

  • DEER/PESTS None

  • MAINTENANCE Prune 1 time per year

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