Evergreen Privacy Plantings

Evergreen trees available for sale at nursery

Evergreen selection at the nursery

Evergreen trees and shrubs are top choices for privacy plantings thanks to their dense, year-round foliage that blocks roads, neighbors, high winds, and undesirable views.

Green Thuja occidentalis 'Nigra' in line for sale

Thuja occidentalis 'Nigra' - a top request for privacy plantings

Top Evergreen Tree Choices

The most commonly requested evergreen for privacy plantings goes by a few names, commonly Arborvitae or Cedar. Thuja occidentalis 'Nigra' is the variety we cultivate in our fields. It grows to be 25' tall but can be sheared as a hedge or shorter if desired. There are helpful examples of pruned and naturally growing arborvitae at the nursery. If you have heavy deer pressure at your planting site, we recommend trying more deer resistant Thuja x 'Green Giant'.

Blue berries of red cedar, red winterberry fruits in background

Blue berries of red cedar (Juniperus virginiana)

Red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) is another popular request, especially from gardeners planting for wildlife. Red cedar's blue berries are a favorite of birds.

Closeup of evergreen foliage on Black Hills Spruce trees

Black Hills Spruce grows 20-30' tall and 10' wide

Black Hills Spruce (Picea glauca densata) is an excellent choice for a dense evergreen that won't tower too tall. Its 20-30' height and 10' spread is very ideal and versatile.

Closeup foliage of soft blue-green white fir needles

White Fir's soft needles

White Fir (Abies concolor) is one of the best firs for the landscape. It has bluish-green new growth and soft needles. It is drought-tolerant once established and very cold hardy.

Green canaan fir tree

Canaan Fir, a naturally occuring variety of balsam fir

Canaan Fir (Abies balsamea var. phanerolepsis) is a naturally occuring variety of balsam fir that grows well in heavier soils. It is nice to mix into privacy plantings and makes a classic Christmas tree.

Plant Spacing

As you're planning your planting, remember to space trees properly. For an arborvitae hedge, you can plant trees 3-4' apart or 5-6' apart for larger plantings. For larger trees like pines and spruces, planting 10-12' apart in staggered rows is recommended. Staggering plantings can help provide more immediate privacy by layering while maintaining proper plant spacing.

Textured peeling brown and tan bark on birch tree
Red berries on ilex winterberry plant

Winterberry's colorfrul fruits pair great with evergreens

Plant Pairings

Our favorite additions to evergreen plantings are winterberry shrubs and birch trees. Birch don't mind the acidic conditions near evergreens and they grow together naturally in the wild. They can also help screen gaps while evergreen trees are growing in. Their contrasting textures and color are welcome year round. Winterberry's colorful fruits are a classic pairing with evergreens.

A mix of evergreen trees

We recommend a mix of species for interest and diversity

Our Favorite Choice

We always recommend a mix of species when possible and we love staggering plantings for a natural-looking screen. Plant diversity is key in a sustainable landscape, plus a collection of evergreens has texture, color, and tremendous wildlife benefit.