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Advice for a slender and tall evergreen

Good day gardeners.
I want to block the view into my garden from a neighbouring house. A slender (1-2 meter wide) but tall tree (max 10-12 m high) would do the trick.
It should block in winter too, so I am thinking of a conifer.

GW's site guided me to Cupressus sempervirens which seems to be a good choice. Especially the Stricta Group and ‘Totem Pole’.

Are there alternatives or other advice on this cypress? A height of 30 m would be too much and the tree/shrub should remain slender. Perhaps there are other species to consider?

The ground is free-draining and the spot is sunny. Here on the Dutch coast we have little frost. The site is protected from strong winds.

Thank you!


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,126
    Have you considered planting maybe a group of 3 'Pencil Pines' - they get to about 15m eventually. Same as the one in your link but narrower and not as tall.
    May be very expensive for good size trees though.

    Otherwise have a look for fastigiate evergreen trees. These are trees that have been bred to grow tall and relatively narrow- mostly conifers

    If you have space to plant 3, then even a tro of well-branched deciduous trees should provide plenty of privacy even after leaf-drop

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  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 3,037
    This variety of C. Sempervirens will give you the height and spread you are looking for but you'll need to be patient for it to reach its full height: Italian Cypress Trees | Buy Cupressus sempervirens Pyramidalis (

    Have you considered making a section of your garden private with the strategic placement of a pergola which you could cover with quick growing climbers?  This may not be appropriate if you are looking for screening at the same level as your upper floor windows.
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.

  • While Azara serrata is a shrub it is is every green with flowers that are scented late winter early spring. Worth a look at.
  • It looks a bit bushy on internet pictures, but thanks anyway!
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,542
    Crataegus monogyna 'Stricta' might be worth considering. Like all hawthorns it's great for wildlife, and the dense twiggy upright growth will provide decent screening even in winter.
  • Arthur1Arthur1 Posts: 538
    There is a fastigiate oak, Quercus 'Koster'  and fastigiate beech (sorry I can't remember cultivar name, might be Dawyck, comes in green and purple form). Both oak and beech keep dead foliage over winter when juvenile.
  • Crataegus monogyna 'Stricta' is a hawthorne. We have one already, but it is deciduous. But thanks for your effort!
  • Oaks and beeches are also deciduous, but thanks to you too Arthur1.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,348
    I'd echo @Pete.8's suggestion re a trio of columnar pines or similar - there are columnar yews, and some conifers are quite similar - many of the Thujas for example, but, as @Plantminded says - all of these trees will take many years to get to the height you're looking for. Even if you had the budget for mature specimens, it isn't straightforward as they're harden to establish. 
    Much easier to do the pergola/screen solution. You can still have the trees, but it would give you privacy while you wait for them to get to any height.  :)
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    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • A pergola was not practicle. I bought a columnar cypress of 2-2.5 m for ca. 100 Euro. Quite expensive yes, but at my age I cannot wait another 20 years. Thanks all of you!
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