Top 10 Screening Trees

Here’s our run down of our favourite trees suited to creating a beautiful natural screen. Some of the trees can also be grown as a smaller hedge, but we’ve focused on varieties that can get to the height required to reach above your garden fence and give you greater privacy. Each has its own benefits and of course we all have different tastes, so the perfect screening tree really depends on what you want, not just what we think!

10. Chinese Privet Tree
(Ligustrum Lucidum Excelsum Superbum)
A good choice of screening tree for smaller gardens. This small semi evergreen tree is a real beauty with glossy pale green/cream variegated leaves bearing white panicles of flowers in late summer. Compliments period homes very well. More about Chinese Privet Trees

Chinese Privet Tree
Chinese Privet Tree (Ligustrum Lucidum Excelsum Superbum)

9. Magnolia Grandiflora Tree
You might think of magnolia as a dense shrub, but it can also be purchased as a standard tree with a clear 2M stem. Magnolia Grandiflora has magnificent saucer shaped cream flowers with dark purple stamens and a delicate scent, a beautiful site throughout Summer and into Autumn. The bonus for screening purpose is that this hardy, evergreen variety will retain its foliage throughout the year. More about Magnolia Grandiflora Trees

Magnolia Tree
Magnolia Tree (Galissoniére)

8. Holm Oak Tree
(Quercus Ilex)
Grown in United Kingdom from as early as the 1500s, also known as the Holly Oak which relates to its sharply serrated leaves. A slightly unusual but very interesting screening tree, with yellow catkins in spring followed by acorns. Resistant to salt laden winds, pollution and drought, so ideal for cities and seaside gardens. More about Holm Oak Trees

Holm Oak Tree
Holm Oak Tree (Quercus Ilex)

7. Japanese Privet Tree
(Ligustrum Japonicum)
Another good choice of screening tree if you have a smaller garden, Japanese Privet can be clipped to keep it small. Perfecting for creating privacy without encroaching on the rest of your garden. Even with just one tree,  it can be strategically placed to provide cover from unsightly views or privacy from people looking in.  More about Japanese Privet Trees

Japanese Privet Tree
Japanese Privet Tree (Ligustrum Japonicum)

6. Golden Bamboo
(Phyllostachys Aurea)
This bamboo grows tall, up to 8m high with green stems and golden green/yellow leaves. A beautiful site that creates a wonderful soothing sound as it gently sways in the wind. Golden bamboo is evergreen, so will hold its leaves all year, which means all year round screening. More about Golden Bamboo

Golden Bamboo Screen
Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys Aurea)

5. Black Bamboo
(Phyllostachys Nigra)
Another bamboo, offering a more eye catching alternative to the Golden Bamboo above. In the second/third year of growth you’ll be rewarded with striking black bamboo canes, a gorgeous contrast to the bright green leaves. As with all bamboo, you’ll get fast results from this rapid growing plant. More about Black Bamboo

Black Bamboo Screen
Black Bamboo (Phyllostachys Nigra)

4. Hornbeam
(Carpinus Betulus)
A hugely important tree to the UK, the Hornbeam is a majestic masterpiece. It’s not evergreen, but what you lose in winter coverage you will gain in wonder as it bursts into greenery come the spring and then changes to splendid yellow and orange colours during the Autumn months. More about Hornbeam Trees

Hornbeam Tree
Hornbeam Tree (Carpinus Betulus)

3. Leylandii Castlewellen Gold
(Cupressocyparis Leylandii)
You’ve heard the horror stories of evasive Leylandii trees, but that’s only due to neglect. They’re easy to maintain and this golden variety is a real stunner. You can’t get much denser for screening purposes, which means it can also be used to cut out traffic noise. Win Win! More about Leylandii Trees

Leylandii Tree
Leylandii Tree (Cupressocyparis Leylandii)

2. Laurel Tree
(Prunus Laurocerasus)
When you see the sun hit glossy Laurel leaves you’ll understand why we’ve placed this right up our chart. They’ll stay just as shiny throughout the winter and only need trimming once or twice during the summer. The foliage is also very dense so you can be sure of an effective screen. Lined up one by one as pictured here they look incredibly elegant and will enhance any garden. More about Laurel Trees

Laurel Tree (Prunus Laurocerasus)

1. Photinia Tree
(Photinia x Fraseri)
We have no hesitation in ranking this our number 1 screening tree, everything you need, plus a little extra. The dense evergreen foliage will give you all year round privacy, it can be supplied as a standard tree or as a dense shrub. It has plenty of height, growing up to 5m tall… but to top it all it has the most beautiful dark green leaves that combine with flashes of red. Perfect for brightening up a winter garden, the red colouring becomes even more striking in the spring/summer months when the new foliage comes through. So for a mix of practically and interest throughout the year, then we’d pick Photinia. More about Photinia

Photinia (Photinia x Fraseri)

If you’d like some expert advice on picking suitable screening trees then please don’t hesitate to get in touch or drop into the tree nursery.

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