Best Evergreen Trees for Privacy

Want all natural privacy year round in your yard, pool or patio? Then you might be interested in planting the best evergreen trees for privacy in your side yard or along your fence line to block the view of passing cars, the neighbors or any other looking eyes.

Evergreen trees stay green all year long and make a great addition to any yard and can block eye lines just as well as a wood fence. Evergreen trees and shrubs are some of the best plants to grow for privacy from your neighbors, and to block wind and incoming noise if you live near a road due to their thick foliage and dense leaves.

Once your new trees have taken root and had a few seasons to grow they will provide just as much privacy, and be as sturdy as any backyard fence. Two of our favorite evergreen trees for building natural privacy walls are the Willow Hybrid and American Holly.

Before You Start

Before you start planting here are a few things you should consider:

  • Your local Home Owners Associations’ regulations
  • Power lines
  • Property lines
  • Desired tree height and width
  • Soil type
  • Hours of direct sunlight
  • Amount of water


And a few tools you might need to plant your new privacy trees:

  • Shovel
  • Planting soil
  • Fertilizer

Willow Hybrid

The Willow Hybrid grow great in the Continental United States and is one of our favorite picks for building a natural privacy walls. This evergreen hybrid takes well to almost any soil, including southern clay soils that typically cause evergreen tree problems and can form a solid wall in as little as one growing season in full or partial sunlight.

Willow Hybrids, also called Salix x matsudana x alba, might not look like your typical willow plant when planted for privacy but they can form an effective wall to block sight lines, road noise and gust of wind. If you want to plant Willow Hybrids on your property for privacy follow these easy steps:

  1. Til the soil with a back hoe or tiller
  2. Plant each Willow Hybrid about 5 feet apart in an area with direct or partial sun
  3. Lay mulch around your plants
  4. Deep water at least 1 inch per week
  5. Add an organic 10-10-10 fertalizer
  6. Prune as needed by making 45 degree cuts upwards

American Holly

American HollyAnother one of our favorite evergreen trees for privacy is American Holly. While many people only think of holly at Christmas time these trees are an excellent choice for year round privacy. American Holly Trees grow well in most of the United States and their thick branches provide attracts wildlife while blocking sight lines.

These trees grow well in most types of soil but tend to do best in acidic clay soils. The American Holly, or Ilex opaca, requires little watering but does grow considerably slower than Willow Hybrids so be prepared to wait a few seasons!

Here is how to plant American Holly on your property:

  1. Loosen your soil
  2. Plant each tree 4 to 5 feet apart in an area with at least 4 hours of direct sunlight per day
  3. Add a layer of mulch
  4. Lay some organic fertilizer and water each week

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