Creating a living privacy wall can not only block lines of sight but also absorb noise and serve as a wind break. They can even raise your property value.
The problem is that not everyone has the room to use something that gets as tall & wide as many popular privacy trees. Some people want a natural privacy fence that stays somewhere in 6 to 15 foot range and overall takes less space.
Here are our top 5 medium size trees & shrubs for privacy:
American Holly shrubs can be pruned into the perfect hedge, keeping them at any height you desire between 6 and 15 feet. It is one of the few hollies that keeps its foliage all the way to bottom of the plant.
Recommended for grow zones 6 through 9. American Holly growth rate is moderate, roughly 1 to 2 feet per year.
Emerald Green Arborvitae (thuja) only get 3 to 4 foot wide, making them great for smaller spaces. Average height is around 10 feet. They have soft foliage that stays dense all year.
Emerald Green are considered a moderate grower, roughly 1 to 2 feet per year. They are recommended for grow zones 4 through 8. They can handle heat, humidity and cold temperatures as low as -40 degrees.
3) Wax Myrtle
Very popular, fast growing privacy hedge in the south. Wax Myrtles can grow as much as 5 feet a year.
Recommended for grow zones 7 through 11, Wax Myrtles can tolerate and thrive in a wide variety of soil conditions including clay and sand. They are considered deer resistant as well as drought and heat tolerant.
4) Skip Laurel
Skip Laurel is a tough, fast growing evergreen shrub that can handle shade and dry soil conditions. It has dense foliage and can handle pruning to keep in a height from 6 to 12 feet. Left naturally, they can grow up to 18 feet tall.
Skip Laurel don't take up a lot of space, keeping at a width in the range of 5 to 7 feet. Recommended for grow zones 6 through 9
If you want something truly unique, consider the Wichita Blue Juniper. This fast growing Juniper is recommended for grow zones 3 through 8. It is both cold hardy and drought tolerant.
Wichita Blue are space savers, keeping 4 to 6 feet in width. Plant Wichita Blue Junipers about 3 feet apart to create a lush privacy wall.
You don’t need monster trees or ugly fencing to enjoy privacy. Create an attractive living privacy ‘fence’ using medium size evergreen trees and shrubs.