10 Best Privacy Trees for Your Backyard

Junipers come in many different sizes and forms with colors ranging from blue-green to gold. Upright forms make pretty screens with some types developing clusters of blue-green fruits that add interest and texture.


This elegant, lesser-known tree is a fast-grower with clusters of fragrant purple blooms and gray-green foliage. Prune to achieve a spreading multi-trunk display; it will screen up to 15 feet wide or more at maturity.


There are many different kinds of yews, including low-growing types, but the tall pyramidal or upright varieties work well for borders and screens. They’re extremely cold-hardy, and some types tolerate part shade.


This shrubby tree features clusters of fragrant white flowers in spring, which become deep purple berries that are good for jam (or to share with the birds). You’ll need to prune to create a tree form, but it’s fast-growing up to 25 feet tall! It also boasts pretty fall color.


Arbs grow in round, columnar or pyramidal forms, ranging from a few feet to more than 30 feet tall. Most don’t need shearing to maintain their shape.


Pretty fern-like needles and graceful limbs make this an attractive low-maintenance plant. Look for varieties with a vertical or roughly pyramidal shape to create screening.

False Cypress

This graceful tree has soft, feathery foliage and tolerates part shade and extreme cold. Many types can become quite tall, so read the label and look for more manageable dwarf varieties for your backyard.


While hydrangea is technically a shrub, several types are fast-growers and make a colorful screen. You’ll get the bonus of gorgeous flowers that last from early summer to late fall; the dried flower heads remain for winter interest, too.


Cedar trees have a naturally elegant form and interesting cones. Weeping varieties are a striking focal point in a mixed border and work well in the landscape or pots lined up for privacy on your patio.


You might not think of this shrub as a privacy plant, but it's lovely planted in a cluster or loose row. The exotic-looking flowers start blooming in late summer when many other plants are winding down. Color and privacy? Yes, please!

Rose of Sharon