Top 5 Plants for a Quick Privacy Screen

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When people want a privacy screen, they usually don’t want to wait five or ten years for it to fill in. Fortunately, there are quite a few options for extremely fast-growing evergreen shrubs that can form an almost instant visual barrier. Exactly how fast they fill in is determined in part by how close you space them, and of course by how big they are when you buy them. But even if you start with small specimens, the five plants below will form green wall within two to three years.

Leyland Cypress

Cupressus leylandii

Leyland Cypress

‘Techny’ Pyramidal Cedar

Thuja occidentalis

'Techny' Pyramidal Cedar

Japanese Mock Orange

Pittosporum tobira

Japanese Mock Orange

Tree Mallow

Lavatera maritima

Tree Mallow


Multiple genera



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