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Trees and Shrubs for Privacy

Trees and Shrubs for Privacy

Create a cozy retreat in your garden

Shrubs are a great way to add a green fence to your yard to create privacy or hide unsightly views while surrounding yourself with nature. We've assembled some of our most popular choices for plants in several categories, including trees, tall shrubs, and vines. When it comes to making your garden a private retreat there are a few tips to keep in mind. Choose plants with dense, fast-growing, evergreen foliage, that will reach a minimum height of ten feet or more.

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Tall Shrubs 5’ to 10’ + for Privacy

Soften existing fence-lines and extend them upwards with tall hedge plants, choosing varieties that are easily maintained to your desired height and depth. Plant hedges with appropriate spacing according to each species growth habit, many of our best choices will grow quickly within one to two years. One of our Associates can help you determine how many are needed to line your yard. Plant one variety for a classic and clean look, or plant groupings of different types for a more natural appearance and additional garden texture.

  • Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' (Bamboo) *available early Spring through Fall
  • Bambusa multiplex 'Golden Goddess' (Bamboo) *available early Spring through Fall
  • Camellia species
  • Eugenia myrtifolia 'Monterey Bay' (Brush Cherry)
  • Hibiscus *available Spring through Fall
  • Laurus nobilis (Sweet Bay Laurel)
  • Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum' (Wax Leaf Privet)
  • Pittosporum 'Marjorie Channon' (Kohuhu)
  • Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver sheen' (Kohuhu)
  • Podocarpus elongatus (Icee Blue® Yellowwood)
  • Podocarpus gracillior (Fern Podocarpus)
  • Prunus carolina compacta (Carolina Cherry Laurel)
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Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr' (Bamboo) *available early Spring through Fall

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Bambusa multiplex 'Golden Goddess' (Bamboo) *available early Spring through Fall

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Camellia species

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Eugenia myrtifolia 'Monterey Bay' (Brush Cherry)

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Hibiscus *available Spring through Fall

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Laurus nobilis (Sweet Bay Laurel)

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Ligustrum japonicum ‘Texanum’ (Wax Leaf Privet)

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Pittosporum 'Marjorie Channon' (Kohuhu)

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Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver sheen’ (Kohuhu)

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Podocarpus elongatus (Icee Blue® Yellowwood)

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Podocarpus gracilior (Fern Podocarpus)

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Prunus caroliniana compacta (Carolina Cherry Laurel)

Vines for Privacy

These vigorous vines make a wonderful accent growing on existing fences, or climbing on large trellises or arbors, or even as ground-covers. Create pockets of privacy with seating or a bistro set nestled into an arbor with blooming vines. All vines grow beautifully on trellises, but these are some of our favorite evergreen options.

  • Campsis radicans (Trumpet Creeper)
  • Distictus buccinatora 'Rivers' (Royal Trumpet Vine)
  • Ficus pumila (Creeping Fig)
  • Solanum jasminoides *available Spring through Fall
  • Tecoma *available Spring through Fall
  • Trachelospermum jasminoides (Star Jasmine)
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Campsis radicans (Trumpet Creeper)

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Distictus buccinatora 'Rivers' (Royal Trumpet Vine)

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Ficus pumila (Creeping Fig)

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Solanum jasminoides *available Spring through Fall

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Tecoma *available Spring through Fall

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Trachelospermum jasminoides (Star Jasmine)

Trees for Privacy

These evergreen trees provide both beauty and privacy, with dense canopies that keep their leaves year-round. Plant large trees at the corners of your property to establish a framework for other plants, or in strategic spots to help obscure sight-lines of neighbors. Some of our favorites include Magnolia, Arbutus marina, and Citrus trees which provide year-round interest with showy flowers or fruit.
  • Arbutus marina (Strawberry Tree)

  • Cupaniopsis anacardioides (Carrotwood)

  • Cinnamomum camphora (Camphor Tree)

  • Citrus species (Lemon, Lime, Orange, Tangerine, and more)

  • Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'
  • Schinus molle (California Pepper Tree)
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Arbutus marina (Strawberry Tree)
20-30 ft. + tall and wide in Full sun

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Cupaniopsis anacardioides (Carrotwood)

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Cinnamomum camphora (Camphor Tree)

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Citrus species (Lemon, Lime, Orange, Tangerine, and more)

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Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem'

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Schinus molle (California Pepper Tree)

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Armstrong Home Landscape Design

Let us create a beautiful unique landscape in your home, based on your needs and preferences. A local Armstrong landscape designer will walk your landscape with you discussing your lifestyle while assessing the existing garden conditions. Then, they'll create a custom hand-drawn landscape design diagram & plant list, which we can bring to life with Armstrong certified installers. Receive a $399 design rebate credited to your invoice when you purchase $2,500 of plants and materials from your design.

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Lifetime Guarantee on All Trees and Shrubs

We are committed to your gardening success and strive to be your preferred nursery. In living our commitment to Gardening without Guesswork we guarantee all of outdoor trees and shrubs for life.