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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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Our hedges come in multiple, convenient sizes. Learn about which hedge size option will work best for your project, from our 18-24” tall MiniHedge to our 5-6’ tall InstantHedge. See detailed dimensions for all of our different hedge sizes, including root balls.
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You have multiple options for the kind of container in which your InstantHedge is shipped. Learn about our standard Biodegradable Cardboard Boxes, as well as the fabric bag and cedar box options. This page will lead you to the best choice for your project.
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InstantHedge is a unique product and the planting process is very unlike installing a traditional hedge. This page takes you step by step through the easy process of how to plant an InstantHedge. No doubt about it, it’s the fastest way to plant a hedge.
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Fast-growing hedges are always in high demand! The main uses are:

  • Privacy
  • Peace and Quiet
  • Hiding eyesores (fences, sheds, AC units, etc.)
  • Shade

Regardless of the reason for wanting a rapidly-growing tall hedge or privacy screen, we have excellent options for any space. These varieties will grow more than 1 foot per year (some can grow up to 4 feet per year in ideal conditions). They are all well-suited to hedging, so they can also be pruned to remain tight and kept at any desired height. Some are fast growing evergreen trees for privacy, some are deciduous. These plants are fastest growing shrubs in Florida and other states. We’ve included detailed information on each with the best ways to use and maintain them.

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7 Varieties of Fast Growing Hedges

Accr ginnala Flame
Flame Amur Maple

Acer ginnala ‘Flame’

Prunus laurocerasus
English Laurel

Prunus laurocerasus

Prunus L. Schipkaensis
Cherry Laurel

Prunus L. 'Schipkaensis'

Prunus Lusitanica
Portuguese Laurel

Prunus Lusitanica

Emerald Green Arborvitae
Emerald Green Arborvitae

Thuja Occidentalis 'Smaragd'

Western Red Cedar
Western Red Cedar

Thuja Plicata 'Virescens'

American Arborvitae
American Arborvitae

Thuja Occidentalis

Acer ginnala Flame
Flame Amur Maple

Acer ginnala ‘Flame’

Prunus laurocerasus
English Laurel

Prunus laurocerasus

ENCOURAGING FAST GROWTH

It is important to note that, although these varieties do grow fast when compared with some other types, a big factor in the growth rate is the environment. Fast growing privacy hedge and shrubs that are stressed from lack of water, extreme temperatures, or the wrong exposure (i.e. too much sun or too much shade), will grow much slower than the typical growth rates.

If getting a tall hedge fast is important to you, you will need to make sure to do the following 5 things:

1. Choose the right hedge for the right space.

If you don’t plant your hedge in the right site, fast growing shrubs will never thrive. Full sun plants need to be planted in full sun. Plants that are borderline hardiness will be damaged each winter by frost. Water-loving varieties can’t be planted in deserts. Do your research before planting, choose a plant that suits your site, and you will be just fine. Keep in mind that a plant that tolerates both shade and sun will generally grow faster in more sun.

fast growing evergreen shrubs for privacy
fast growing evergreen trees for privacy

2. Plant your hedge at the right time.

Planting an Amur Maple hedge in the middle of July in full sun with limited supplemental water is going to set the plants back significantly. The ideal time to plant is fall, after the hedges are dormant. You can also safely plant fast growing hedge through the winter in areas where the ground does not freeze hard, and spring is also a good time. Doing this for fast growing shrubs saves your work and worry and saves the plants a lot of stress.

3. Water for the first 1-2 years

Once your hedge has been in the ground for several years and has had a chance to send roots deep into the soil, it will need very little supplemental water, if any. However, it is important to provide ample water during the first 1-2 growing seasons after planting. The best way to do this is to lay a drip line along the length of your fast growing shrubs and run for an hour at a time every few days to water deeply.

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fast growing evergreen trees for privacy. choose right fast growing shrubs for your backyard.

4. Fertilize

Fast growing shrubs are very low-maintenance, but if you want optimum growth, applying a high-nitrogen, slow-release fertilizer will help. It is best to apply in the spring right before growth begins.

5. Prune at the right times

Spring is generally the best time to prune, as this stimulates new growth and ensures that no tender new shoots will be frozen if they emerge too close to winter. Yearly pruning, although it seems counterintuitive for a fast-growing hedge, really helps create a nice, dense hedge. You’ll be glad you did it!

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FLAME AMUR MAPLE

Acer Ginnala ‘Flame’

fast growing evergreen trees for privacy
fast growing evergreen shrubs for privacy

Flame Amur Maple is our favorite deciduous fast-growing hedge. It has outstanding fall color in fiery reds, oranges, and yellows. It is very cold-hardy (down to -40ºF!) and can be grown in most parts of the US.

It can easily be grown as a hedge thanks to its multi-stemmed natural habit and can be maintained by pruning once per year. It thrives in full sun to part shade, and it is quite drought-tolerant once established.

Flame Amur Maple makes one of the best fast growing shrubs screens that provide shade in the summer and still allows light through in the winter.

  • 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

  • BEST FOR Screening (Shade in summer, light in winter)

ENGLISH LAUREL (CHERRY LAUREL)

Prunus Laurocerasus

fast growing evergreen shrubs for privacy
fast growing evergreen trees for privacy

English laurel (or Cherry Laurel) can make an enormous fast-growing hedge. Under the right conditions, it can grow up to 3 feet per year! It does very well in heat. It has glossy evergreen foliage and makes a very attractive large hedge with regular pruning 1-2 times per year. English laurel grows in full sun to partial shade. It tolerates a wide variety of soil types and is very drought-tolerant once established. It is smog and salt tolerant, and deer will not touch it. English laurel makes a tough-as-nails, versatile, and seriously fast-growing hedge. The perfect fast growing shrubs for large spaces where privacy is needed. The hedge is considered as one of the fast growing evergreen trees for privacy in the USA.

  • NAME Prunus laurocerasus (English or Cherry laurel)

  • EVERGREEN/DECIDUOUS Broadleaf Evergreen Glossy green leaves

  • HARDINESS ZONE Zones 6-9

  • GROWTH RATE FAST Up to 3 feet per year

  • GROWTH HABIT Large, Rounded

  • LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Sun to Part Shade

  • DEER/PESTS None

  • MAINTENANCE Prune 1 time per year

  • BEST FOR Privacy Thick, evergreen hedge

SCHIP LAUREL

Prunus Laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’

fast growing evergreen shrubs for privacy
fast growing evergreen trees for privacy

Schip laurels (or Skip laurels) are a very popular shrub to use for an evergreen fast-growing hedge. They can easily make a tall and narrow hedge with pruning once per year and occasional shaping. They are fast growing evergreen trees for zone 5. It has the advantage over most other fast-growing hedge types of tolerating full sun to full shade. Schip laurels fast growing shrubs also grow well in a wide variety of soil types, is drought-tolerant once established, and is not bothered by smog or salt. It does well in heat and is cold hardy to zone 6 or even warmer parts of zone 5. Schip laurel makes a durable fast-growing hedge that is ideal for privacy and for hiding fences.

  • NAME P. laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’ (Schip laurel)

  • EVERGREEN/DECIDUOUS Broadleaf Evergreen Glossy green leaves

  • HARDINESS ZONE Zones 6-9

  • GROWTH RATE FAST Up to 2 feet per year

  • GROWTH HABIT Wide Vase

  • LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Full Sun to Full Shade

  • DEER/PESTS None

  • MAINTENANCE Prune 1 time per year

  • BEST FOR Privacy, Hiding Fences Tall, narrow evergreen hedge

PORTUGUESE LAUREL

Prunus Lusitanica

fast growing evergreen trees for privacy

Portuguese laurel is a stunning fast-growing evergreen hedge that works well for warm, coastal regions. It grows quickly but is easy to maintain due to its mostly spreading habit. With pruning once per year, it quickly makes a very dense hedge. Portuguese laurel thrives in warm climates and does well in drought, smog, and salt. It grows in a wide range of soils, including poor soils. It is deer-resistant. It can take full sun and partial shade. Though a little slower-growing than the English laurel or Schip laurel, Portuguese laurel makes an excellent fast-growing hedge with less maintenance required. Its thickness makes it one of the best privacy shrubs, wind-block, and noise-block. It is also perfect for hiding fences.

  • NAME Prunus lusitanica (Portuguese laurel)

  • EVERGREEN/DECIDUOUS Broadleaf Evergreen Glossy green leaves

  • HARDINESS ZONE Zones 7-9

  • GROWTH RATE Fast Up to 1.5 feet per year

  • GROWTH HABIT Broad Column

  • LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Sun to Part Shade

  • DEER/PESTS None

  • MAINTENANCE Prune 1 time per year

  • BEST FOR Privacy, Hiding Fences Thick, dense hedge

AMERICAN ARBORVITAE

Thuja Occidentalis

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fast growing privacy plants

American Arborvitae is a popular plant for evergreen fast-growing hedges. It is extremely cold-hardy so it is especially useful in the Northern US. They are fast growing shrubs but easy to maintain as a clipped hedge with one pruning per year. It is low-maintenance and fairly drought-tolerant once established. It does well in urban environments. Unfortunately, deer can be a problem. American Arborvitae make a wonderful, low-maintenance, evergreen, fast-growing hedge. It works especially well as a privacy hedge.

  • NAME Thuja occidentalis (American Arborvitae)

  • EVERGREEN/DECIDUOUS Evergreen Dark green, thread-like foliage

  • HARDINESS ZONE Zones 2-8

  • GROWTH RATE Fast Up to 1-2 feet per year

  • GROWTH HABIT Upright

  • LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Sun to Part Shade

  • DEER/PESTS Deer

  • MAINTENANCE Prune 1 time per year

  • BEST FOR Privacy Low-maintenance privacy

GREEN GIANT ARBORVITAE

Thuja X ‘Green Giant’

Fast growing hedges
green giant arborvitae growing conditions

Green Giant Arborvitae is the big exception to the rule that Arborvitae grow slowly. This hybrid Thuja typically grows 3 feet per year, with some reports circulating of it growing 5 feet in one year! If you need a fast-growing, large, evergreen Arborvitae hedge, Green Giant is a perfect choice. It will take some work to maintain if you want to keep it as a medium-sized hedge, but one pruning per year will suffice for a large hedge. Green Giant grows in full sun to partial shade and is resistant to many diseases and pests, including deer. It tolerates many soils, but consistently damp and poor-draining sites should be avoided. It grows well in the humidity of the Southeastern US. Green Giant Arborvitae is a classic fast-growing hedge. It is a popular choice for privacy and wind-breaks, and will remain healthy in many areas where other Arborvitae would struggle.

  • NAME Thuja x ‘Green Giant’ (Green Giant Arborvitae)

  • EVERGREEN/DECIDUOUS Evergreen Dark green, thread-like foliage

  • HARDINESS ZONE Zones 5-8

  • GROWTH RATE FAST Up to 3-5 feet per year

  • GROWTH HABIT Pyramidal

  • LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Sun to Part Shade

  • DEER/PESTS None

  • MAINTENANCE Prune 1 time per year

  • BEST FOR Privacy, Wind-break

VIRESCENS WESTERN RED CEDAR

Thuja Plicata ‘Virescens’

fast growing shrub
Fast growing shrub

Virescens Western Red Cedar is a wonderful fast-growing hedge for warmer regions where other Arborvitae might not thrive. It has a unique upright-branching habit and responds well to hedging. Virescens naturally grow tall and narrow, so it lends itself well to a tall privacy hedge. One pruning per year is sufficient to maintain a nice hedge. Native to the Pacific Northwest, Virescens does well everywhere that isn’t too hot or too cold. It tolerates partial shade as well as full sun, and it holds its green color all year. Deer leave it alone. Virescens Western Red Cedar is so well-suited to forming a fast-growing hedge that it requires very little maintenance. Virescens’ fast growing shrubs make a very handsome privacy hedge and hide fences well. So if you are looking for a non-toxic privacy hedge to hide ugly fence of neighbors or your breakfast area that looks ugliest like never before then this is one of the best fast growing privacy hedges to consider.

  • NAME Thuja plicata ‘Virescens’ (Virescens Western Red Cedar)

  • EVERGREEN/DECIDUOUS Evergreen Bright green, thread-like foliage

  • HARDINESS ZONE Zones 5-8

  • GROWTH RATE Fast Up to 2 feet per year

  • GROWTH HABIT Upright, Pyramidal

  • LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Sun to Part Shade

  • DEER/PESTS None

  • MAINTENANCE Prune 1 time per year

  • BEST FOR Privacy, Hiding Fences

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