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Screening Trees – Conifers for Hedging

hedging conifers

Screening is one of the most common and impactful ways to structure a garden, providing shade and wind shielding, obstructing views from outside the garden or creating privacy from the outside.

There are plenty of appropriate species to screen with, and we’ve discussed the benefits of evergreen and deciduous varieties before. Here, we’ll be looking at a few options from our conifers for hedging range, excellent choices for anyone seeking large and hardy screening solutions.

An increasingly popular species is Cupressocyparis Leylandii, the ‘Green Leyland Cypress’. It’s extremely fast growing in the realm of 120cm per year, and can reach an ultimate height of 35m. With regular (though not drastic) pruning this Cypress can create extremely dense and attractive hedging at great heights.

Thuja plicata, or the ‘Western Red Cedar’ is a particularly effective evergreen for screening. It’s slower growing than Leyland Cypress, but not slow growing and will quickly form a dense hedge. As a specimen tree it will reach an ultimate height of 15m, and spread of 3-5m. Foliage begins low to the ground, and grows dense enough to completely screen any feature. Grown as a hedge it will prune well. Thuja will even tolerate cutting back hard when mature and will regrow, unlike other conifer hedges.

Other varieties of conifer for hedging include Yew, particularly in well drained and chalky soils. If you’re interested in evergreen screening and have any questions or queries about possible options, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be more than happy to help.

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