9 of the Rapidly-Growing Trees for a Privacy Screen in Your Yard

Bald Cypress

Tolerant of wet or swampy conditions, this native North American tree boasts russet red foliage in fall and can grow up to 100 feet tall. Ideal for Zones 5-10 with full sun.

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Chinese Tallow Tree

A replacement for poplars, this tree offers a rounded shape and vibrant fall foliage. Fast-growing, it reaches up to 40 feet tall and thrives in Zones 8-10 with full sun.

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Cottonwoods

Cottonwoods are known for their rapid growth, reaching up to 70 feet tall, while Lombardy poplars make excellent screens at 40-50 feet tall.

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Dawn Redwood

This tree grows about 2 feet per year, offering privacy with its soft, fine needles that turn red and brown in autumn. Best suited for Zones 4-8 in moist soil and full sun.

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European Black Alder

Thriving in wet areas, this tree has a quick growth rate when young and matures to 40-60 feet tall. Plant in Zones 4-8 with full sun or partial shade, avoiding sidewalks

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Gum

With vigorous growth, gum trees are ideal for privacy and shade but should be planted where debris won't cause issues. Suited for Zones 9-10 in full sun and well-drained soil.

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Japanese Pagoda Tree

Requiring minimal care, this tree produces creamy flowers and grows 12-15 inches annually, reaching up to 75 feet tall. Ideal for Zones 6-8 with full sun or partial shade.

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Lemon Bottlebrush

Tolerant of heat and drought, this tree reaches 25 feet tall and attracts hummingbirds with its red flowers. Plant in Zones 9-10 in full sun or partial shade.

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Leyland Cypress

Perfect for privacy hedges, this tree grows 1-3 feet per year, reaching 70 feet tall. Suitable for Zones 7-10 with full sun and well-drained soil, it can be pruned to control size.

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