Top 5 Low Maintenance Trees for Privacy

Now that the warmer weather has arrived, we're all going to be spending a lot more time in our gardens. Hosting family barbecues, splashing about in paddling pools, planting new flowers and mowing the lawn; these are all the typical outdoor summer activities that we like to enjoy in peace. You know what can spoil these tranquil moments? Noisy, nosy neighbours.

We've all been there - sunbathing on a lounger in the garden when all of a sudden, your neighbours can't resist the urge to venture outside too, occasionally glancing through the fence. In most cases, this is a great time for light conversation but occasionally, you'll want to retreat to the garden surrounded by privacy, so you can relax, lounge and party comfortably in your own outside space.

Reclaim your private space by investing in some low-maintenance trees. Not only are they cheaper than constructing a fence but trees can greatly improve the look and overall feel of your garden. If your tree of choice is quite dense, it can also absorb environmental noise such as heavier traffic and replace it with the relaxing sound of rustling leaves. Other benefits to planting a row of trees for privacy, is that they will provide a dose of much-needed shade during these hot summer months, whilst acting as windbreakers to protect your garden, and your home, from strong gusts during the colder seasons.

Here at The Arb Team, we know a thing or two about trees! We believe that all gardens should be peaceful sanctuaries, so we've made a helpful list of our top 5 low-maintenance trees to provide that ultimate privacy screen!

Leyland Cypress

This evergreen tree is the perfect substitute for a fence and can also compliment existing fence lines. Relatively low-maintenance, the dark green foliage of the Leyland Cyprus adds a fresh, dynamic look to your garden. They thrive in well-draining soil, but will need to be planted around 6 feet apart as they grow quickly; with a growth rate of three to five feet per year and a mature height of 40-60 feet. If you're concerned about the shade these trees provide, they can be trimmed down to become denser hedges if you'd prefer. Their evergreen nature means that they won't lose their leaves during the winter months, providing you with plenty of privacy all year round!

Green Giant Thuja (Arborvitae)

This resilient tree is one of the most popular choices when it comes to garden privacy. Ideal for medium-sized gardens, the Green Giant Thuja grows quickly, at a rate of three to five feet per year, reaching a mature height of 30 - 40 feet. Ideal for UK winters, it's a cold-hardy tree that's resistant to most botanical diseases, and thrives in almost any climate.

Emerald Green Thuja

Smaller than its Green Giant relative, the Emerald Green Thuja is one of the best privacy trees for smaller and more compact gardens. This tree only needs around three to four feet of growing space and reaches a modest height of around 14 feet. Easy to maintain and trim due to their slower growth rate, these trees can also work well as hedges, and it’s easy to see why they’re so popular!

Wax Myrtle

Fourth in our line-up is the Wax Myrtle. Able to act as either a tree or a shrub, this Southwest native evergreen is a fantastic option for any outdoor space. If left to its own devices, this tree grows to a height of around 20 feet with only occasional pruning necessary. It thrives in most soils, and isn't fussy when it comes to light or environmental conditions. Dense leaves provide cover and privacy all year round, perfect for these summery evenings when you want to spend time outdoors with your family.


Magnolias are beautiful shrubs and trees which produce colourful and fragrant star-like flowers in spring and summer. With evergreen and deciduous varieties, Magnolias prefer neutral or acidic soil and are ideal for growing as standalone trees. Smaller varieties, such as Magnolia stellata, look great in a border, whereas evergreen Magnolias, such as Magnolia grandiflora, can be trained against walls. They do grow slower than the other trees we have suggested, but their flowers and fragrance are well worth the wait. A sun-seeking plant variety, Magnolias should be pruned after they've flowered, but don’t respond well to harsh pruning.

We hope that our handy list of privacy trees has inspired you to reclaim your outside space and enjoy your garden once again! Whether you’re looking for evergreen trees for 24/7 cover or fast-growing trees for seclusion, hopefully you have found the perfect tree for your privacy needs.

If you have any of these trees currently in your outside space, and need further advice on how to maintain them, contact the specialist tree surgeons here at The Arb Team on:

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