5 Evergreen Trees for Front Yard Privacy in California

5 Evergreen Trees for Front Yard Privacy in California

By Jessica Downs on October, 17 2019
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You can sense it when it feels like you’re on display in your personal outdoor space. It’s a feeling that can make it a little harder to relax and enjoy your front yard. With the right evergreens, you can create a personal fortress that feels peaceful, and most of all, private.

Benefits of Planting Evergreen Trees in Your Front Yard

  • Add instant curb appeal to your home and neighborhood.
  • Blocks viewpoints from neighbors or street traffic and unwanted views.
  • Increase the value of your home tremendously.
  • Creates a natural sound barrier – ideal for properties near busy streets.
  • Enhances the architectural design of your landscape.
  • Adds shade to your yard and can help cool down your home during the summer.

Planting for privacy is a breeze with evergreen trees. Using trees to create privacy in your front yard means that you get to add color, texture, form, or anything else you can envision! We carry a wide selection of evergreens that can create any aesthetic for your landscape design and provide you and your family with plenty of peaceful solitude.

Yes, you could install an expensive fence or build a wall made from brick, stone, or some other solid material. The thing is, those tall fences and walls can make us feel confined in our space. Not to mention that there could be local laws or HOA restrictions based on height, placement, and style. Over time, those fences start to show wear and tear that can be expensive to fix or replace.

Five Best Evergreens for California Yards

Evergreen trees hold onto their leaves all year long, so their foliage can add wall-to-wall privacy year-round. As they mature, evergreens create a consistent look that makes them an ideal privacy screen.

They do much more than just create a private yard. Evergreen trees also help absorb ambient noise. Privacy never looked so good! Here are five low-maintenance evergreen trees for front yards in California – all available at your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location.



 ficus column

Ficus Columns

Ficus Nitida (or Indian Laurel) Columns are one of the best evergreens you can find and perfect for building a living privacy "fence." Our Indian Laurel Columns are a favorite throughout California! Plant them along a fence or border to create instant privacy a lush, dense backdrop.

These evergreens are water-wise and love the heat, which means they can thrive in our desert environment. There is no doubt that Indian Laurel Columns are perfect for creating a living wall. Not only do these columns create a private oasis for your front yard, but they also block out neighbors and reduce local noise.


Japanese Blueberry

Japanese Blueberry trees do more than add greenery to your landscape. The Japanese Blueberry has a dense growth habit with multiple upright growing branches and lush evergreen foliage. This low-maintenance tree is tolerant to heat and thrives in our California regions.

To get the most privacy out of the Japanese Blueberry, line them up along a fence line, and their evergreen foliage will block out unwanted views and prohibit neighbors from peeking over the fence. Plant this beautiful evergreen tree into your landscape and add a splash of greenery to our arid region.

Southern Magnolia

Southern Magnolia

The Southern Magnolia is a favorite in the Southwest when it comes to large evergreen trees. The dense growth habit is what helps to make it one of the best options to create a private front yard for your family. It features attractive, dark green leaves and blooms large, pleasingly aromatic, creamy-white flowers. These beautiful flowers appear throughout the summer and last into fall.

Besides being able to create privacy and fill the air with a pleasant fragrance, Magnolia trees are an excellent shade tree that can help lower your utility bills, when planted in proper locations.

MANZANILLO OLIVE tree in nursery


At Moon Valley Nurseries, we custom-grow our Olive trees on our farms in Southern California so that they are guaranteed to be disease-free Olive trees. Our Olive tree varieties produce a dense, attractive canopy that will help block out neighbors and other unwanted views from your front yard.

For privacy, we recommend planting them in a row along a border or property line. These are aesthetically pleasing evergreens that are the perfect match for homes inspired by Spanish architecture or if you want to bring a Spanish aesthetic to your home.

Click here to learn more about our Fruitless Olive tree.

California Pepper

California Pepper

The California Pepper tree is a fast-growing evergreen that loves being in the sun. It features attractive bright green, fern-like leaves, and lush foliage that can create a private yard quickly. It has a weeping growth habit, so it will also add shady spots so you can enjoy your front yard even more!

Line them up along a fence or in the front yard, and they can block unwanted views quickly. The California Pepper tree loves the heat and thrives in a spot with full sun exposure. This tree can survive on much litter water, once established, which makes it perfect for waterwise yards and helps you conserve water with less irrigation needs.

Come Home to a Private and Beautiful New Yard

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Speak with our nursery pros today and allow us to help you select the perfect evergreens that will give you the privacy you need. Plant evergreen trees for privacy and spend more quality time in your yard. Not only will you gain privacy, but you will also add so much more shade to the area and have another reason to spend more time in your front yard!

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