Evergreen Shrubs That Grow Fast

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Evergreen Shrubs That Grow Fast
Pruning controls the shape and size of evergreen shrubs. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Fast-growing evergreens offer a diverse array of options for home gardeners and landscape contractors. Evergreens are used as background, foundation or privacy-screening plants. They are ornamental and offer screening, noise reduction, and serve as a windbreak and small animal and bird habitat. The majority of evergreen trees and shrubs are easy to grow, drought and disease resistant. They provide year-round colour and visual interest to cottage gardens and urban landscapes.

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Thuja

Thuja Green Giant is a small tree or shrub used for fencing and privacy screening. The shrub thrives in United States Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 5 through 8. The tree reaches a height of 50 feet at maturity and develops a 10 foot wide base. Thuja grows best in full sun and adapts easily to both sandy and heavy clay soils. Space the trees 5 feet apart. Plant thuja in groups of six, 12 or 24 to achieve the best results.

Boxwood

Buxus "Green Velvet," also known as boxwood, is a hardy ornamental evergreen shrub used to form stout and tight hedges, fences and borders. Deer and insect resistant, the shrub reaches a mature height and width of 3 feet x 3 feet. The shrub can be pruned to any desired height and thrives in shaded areas in United States hardiness zones 5, 6, 7 and 8. Boxwood works well in small spaces and can be pruned to maintain shape and size.

American Holly

Buxus Green Velvet, also known as boxwood, is a hardy, ornamental, evergreen shrub used for stout and tight hedges, fences and borders. Deer and insect resistant, the shrub reaches a mature height and width of 3 by 3 feet. Prune the shrub to any desired height. It thrives in shaded areas in USDA zones 5, 6, 7 and 8. Boxwood works well in small spaces. Pruning maintains its shape and size.

Evergreen Shrubs That Grow Fast
Holly provides winter berries that attract birds. (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Blue Juniper

American holly is an easy-to-grow evergreen specimen tree or hedge. Requiring little water and adaptable to most soil conditions, American holly resists disease, insects and mildew. The shrub forms thick branches, growing from the plant's bottom. Its dense growth pattern makes it a good choice for privacy screening, windbreaks and wildlife habitat. American holly reaches 20 to 30 feet tall at maturity. Plant them 4 to 5 feet apart. The shrub displays bright-red berries and dark-green foliage.

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