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Tall evergreen fast-growing hedge

Hello Gardeners,

I'm looking for a tall fast-growing hedge for the far side of our garden. You can see on the picture below there are some industrial buildings there. We used to have a large tree hiding them, but it fell down.

I really like this type of hedge tree:

Do you recommend it?

What is it called?

I found Thuja Plicata and Leyland Cypress, but which one is the bushiest and fastest-growing?


  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,816
    Leylandii can be a monster if it gets out of hand, and it can't be pruned back into old wood. I think Thuja is one of the few conifers that will regrow from old wood, maybe someone else can confirm (or otherwise). Whatever you choose, smaller plants are easier to get established than big ones (and cheaper).
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • @JennyJ
    Thank you! there are so many Thujas, I'm getting a little lost. Which one should I get do you think? I'd like the densest and fastest-growing.
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,644
    If you want a leylandii that screens the taller shed, that table in the middle of your lawn will be under the tree - by the time it gets there. They are wide as well as tall, as the one in your photo shows.
    I don't know about thujas - sorry
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,816
    I'm afraid I don't know, maybe others can advise. Or check the websites of hedging plant sellers - they should be able to give that kind of detailed advice (although they may try to sell you bigger plants to start with).
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • The problem with fast growing means it's harder to control later once you have achieved the desired size.  Yew is often regarded as slow growing but it's not that slow and easier to control later.  It will regrow from old wood. 
    AB Still learning

  • @Allotment Boy
    Thank you. Are you talking about Thuja? Do you know which kind of Thuja is best suitable for my situation?
  • No Yew is Taxus baccata, different species. 
    AB Still learning

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,070
    As the others have said - leylandii [cupressus] grows very fast and needs containing from the start.
    Thuja plicata is the one which can be trimmed without fear of old wood not re sprouting, which is the problem with most conifers,  and Cup. leylandii is particularly problematic because by the time people realise it's too big, it's too late. You can't keep it narrow and tidy like you can with Thujs plicata. 
    Laurel is also a suggestion, but it also grows extremely big, so it needs maintained. It can be cut back hard though. 
    I'd be quite wary of having too many very big heavy hedging plants, as @raisingirl says. You'll have a lot of shade to contend with, and those plants will suck up all the moisture too. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • @Fairygirl
    Thank you. Thank you, I do realise now that Leylandii is too dangerous and Thuja Plicata is a better choice.

    Can you recommend a specific Thuja Plicata? If I look on the RHS website, there are 22 results. Or should I just go for something called just 'Thuja Plicata', without any other words?
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,070
    I wouldn't worry too much about variety, but I'd stick to the most basic Atrovirens one. 

    Take a look at this site - they're very reliable and there's plenty of info for you too. Lots of other choices as well, if you decide against thuja.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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