Plant fast-growing evergreen trees and shrubs to hide a fence on your property. Landscaping with evergreen trees can also create a wind barrier and extend the privacy of your fence both vertically and horizontally. Select fast-growing evergreens that thrive in your hardiness zone to create a living border to camouflage an unsightly fence.
Thuja Green Giant
Plant thuja "Green Giant" evergreen trees 5 to 6 feet apart along the fence line to hide an existing fence. Thujas grow on an average of 5 feet each year. Eventual spreads reach 5 feet with heights of up to 50 feet. Thujas are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 5 to 8. Their foliage is dense from the ground up. These evergreens are also drought tolerant and resist both insects and disease.
Hide a fence with a fast-growing evergreen hedge such as American holly. Mature American holly shrubs grow over 20 feet high with up to 6-foot spreads. Hardy in USDA zones 5 through 9, American holly is one evergreen that produces creamy white flowers in the spring.
Another fast-growing evergreen tree is a Leyland cypress. Hardy in zones 6 through 10, Leyland cypress trees also have dense, blue-green foliage from the ground up. These evergreens will grow up to 70 feet tall with a spread of up to 25 feet. Growth rates average 3 feet each year if planted in full sun with soil that drains well.
Landscaping with bamboo trees is another way to hide a fence. Many bamboo trees spread underground through rhizomes or roots, so the number of trees will increase each year. Bamboo trees are also evergreen and are the fastest growing plant on the planet. Bamboo is available in a variety of species with varying growth patterns and hardiness levels. Select bamboo trees that thrive in your climate.
Juniper evergreen trees offer a variety of landscaping options that will hide a fence. Many junipers have dense foliage and grow to heights of 12 to 15 feet that span up to 8 feet. Junipers can grow in full sun to partial shade in zones 3 through 9.