The Ultimate Guide to Privacy Hedges

The Ultimate Guide to Privacy Hedges

By Luke Kalawsky on January, 8 2021
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Luke Kalawsky has a passion for all things trees, plants, and landscape design. He has designed numerous landscapes as the head designer in the Surprise, Arizona region until he became a manager of our Central Phoenix Nursery. He now dedicates his knowledge, expertise, and creative capabilities to help the masses discover how to design, plant, and maintain their landscapes with his writings.

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The Ultimate Guide to Privacy Hedges

When our nursery pros are working with homeowners to accomplish their landscape goals, a need that comes up often is planting privacy hedges in the yard. In a landscape, hedges are most commonly used to define a border, create privacy, filter noise, or block unwanted views. Whether formal or informal, sizes can range from just a couple of feet to tree-size hedges used to block out the neighbor’s second story window. Our professional designers are excellent at understanding the need for privacy and noise screening in your yard and are great at seamlessly incorporating hedges that fit into your personal landscape style.

There are so many great options for hedge material in our area. It can be daunting to select the right tree or plant to properly accomplish your hedge’s goal. Here are some of our top-performing trees and plants used in creating the perfect privacy hedge.


Hollywood Style Hedges

Giant Ficus nitida Indian Laurel for Privacy HedgesJust like celebrities in Hollywood keeping out paparazzi, our pristine Hollywood Style Hedges™ made with Indian Laurel Columns will grant you instant peace and quiet. Indian Laurels, also known as ‘Ficus nitida’ are fast-growing and evergreen, which means they stay green and thick all year long. They can be pruned into almost any shape and size are our #1 selling tree to use as a formal landscape hedge. They love the sun and will garnish the yard with excellent shade and deep green privacy wherever they are planted.


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Carolina Cherry

Carolina Cherry Trees for Privacy HedgesThe Carolina Cherry is a small to medium-sized evergreen with dark green, shimmering wavy-edged foliage. They are a popular choice due to their minimally needed upkeep, natural cone-like shape, and ability to tolerate some of our common weather issues, such as heat and drought. Carolina Cherries can be easily grown into a tall screen or sound barrier which make them a near-perfect option for many homes looking for privacy.



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Italian Cypress

Italian Cypress Trees for Privacy Hedges and Driveway EntrancesItalian Cypress is often used as hedge material for formal entrances, borders, and backdrops due to its impressive and unique look. The Italian Cypress is unmistakable with its lush green foliage and tall, narrow vertical form, making a big impact on your landscape, while only taking a small space in your yard. These elegant evergreen trees are commonly planted in rows, lined up along driveways as a grand entryway, or along a property wall creating privacy and blocking noise and wind.



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Green Emerald Blueberry

Japanese Green Emerald Blueberry trees for Privacy HedgesThe Green Emerald Blueberry will add a blast of greenery into your landscape design and grants seasonal white flowers. This visually appealing evergreen is a fast grower that can be shaped into any form, whether you are needing dense privacy or formal topiaries. The Green Emerald Blueberry blooms in the summer, with tiny, scented flower clusters that attract a variety of pollinators, including butterflies and hummingbirds.



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Podocarpus Fern Pine for Privacy HedgesPodocarpus is prized for its clean evergreen looks, low maintenance requirements, resistance to pests and disease, and wide tolerance of growing conditions. The soft green foliage can handle major trimming and pruning, which allows you more options as to how your hedges are shaped. The Podocarpus thrives in full sun to partial shade making it a versatile option for your hedging needs.




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Japanese Privet

Japanese Privet trees for Privacy hedgesThe Japanese Privet is an ideal solution for those who want an evergreen, low maintenance, small to medium sized hedge. Japanese Privets are commonly used in courtyards and around patios and pools to take advantage of their clean nature and lush bright green leaves. They will get small clusters of crème-colored flowers in the spring. They make for great hedge material that will provide excellent privacy with a medium growth pattern from their attractive multi-branching trunks.



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Timber Bamboo

Timber Bamboo for privacy hedgesTimber Bamboo can adapt to many types of environments, performing equally well in your yard as they do planted in pots. Timber Bamboo grows fast, dense and does an outstanding job working as a privacy hedge. This plant also generates plenty of shade and helps relieve high sun exposed areas making it perfect to plant around an outside terrace or courtyard.




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Lemon Bottlebrush

Lemon Bottlebrush for flowering privacy hedgesNamed for its bright crimson bottlebrush-shaped flowers, the Lemon Bottlebrush tree makes for a unique hedge that fits into many landscape styles. It loves the sun and stays green year-round. The red flowers have a lemony scent to them and attract pollinators, particularly hummingbirds and butterflies. This graceful plant retains its good looks all year long as the bright red flowers appear in waves throughout the year. They can even be used for stunning flower arrangements to bring the beauty of your Bottlebrush hedge to the décor inside your home!


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Have your Privacy Hedge Professionally Designed

Our expert landscape designers take the guesswork out of finding the perfect hedge material. They will take into consideration your preferred landscape style, the goal of your hedge, the location and water needs, as well as any other benefits you’d like, such as flowering or fruiting, and select the trees or plants that accomplish that exact goal. No matter what your needs in a hedge are, the nursery pros and landscape designers at Moon Valley Nurseries will make it a reality!

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