9 of the Rapidly-Growing Trees for a Privacy Screen in Your Yard

Bald Cypress

When it comes to wet or swampy areas, the bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is a good choice. It doesn't get many pest or disease problems and is one of the few trees that can handle standing water.

Chinese Tallow Tree

The Chinese tallow tree (Sapium sebiferum) is a good alternative to poplars in warmer areas because it usually has fewer problems with bugs. After the leaves change color in the fall, these trees have a beautiful round shape.

Cottonwoods and Lombardy Poplars

Cottonwoods (Populus deltoides) are trees that grow along rivers and other wet places in the eastern United States. Their wood is known for being brittle and weak. This tree grows three to four feet a year.

Dawn Redwood

Dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) is a fast-growing tree that can be used to block out noise in the corner of a big residential lot. It grows about 2 feet a year until it is fully grown, which will be about 80 feet tall. 

European Black Alder

Ideal for low, wet spots in the landscape where other trees usually don't survive, European black alder (Alnus glutinosa) is native to most areas of Europe.


Gum trees (Eucalyptus spp.) are strong and powerful plants that can hold a western landscape. They are also a good choice for protection and shade because they grow quickly. Put gum trees in places where their leaves and stems won't cause problems.

Japanese Pagoda Tree

The Japanese pagoda tree (Sophora japonica) only grows in a small area of the United States. It doesn't need much care and has golden flowers in the summer.

Lemon Bottlebrush

Lemon bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus) can handle heat and drought in the south. It can also be grown in big pots in the north and brought inside for the winter. Ten to fifteen inches per year, it grows until it's twenty-five feet tall.

Leyland Cypress

When you put leyland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii) in groups, it will grow quickly into a tall bush that can be used for protection and blocking. It can grow up to 70 feet tall and 1 to 3 feet wide each year.