The top 5 Screening Trees

A row of tall, lush green trees planted closely together

The top 5 screening trees for a cosy, secluded garden

Most of us aren’t blessed with a completely private garden. The majority of outdoor spaces are overlooked by surrounding homes – and even if you get along well with your neighbours, it can sometimes feel like your garden isn’t as secluded as you might like.

But all is not lost. You can create a secluded, private area in your garden without installing an unsightly fence or other man-made barrier. The answer? Screening trees. We offer a wide variety of them here at Olive Grove Oundle, and in this article we’re detailing five of our favourites.

But first: what makes a good screening tree?

All kinds of different plants can be used for screening purposes, including trees, grasses, bamboos and hedging shrubs. Dense, fast-growing foliage is a must; if the plant’s leaves are too spaced out, prying eyes will be able to see right through them. It’s also sensible to choose hardy evergreen varieties, making it easy to maintain your natural screen all year round.

Our favourites

Photinia ‘Red Robin’

Native to Asia, the ever-popular Red Robin Photinia thrives even in partial shade. If you’re looking for those vivid red leaves the plant is famous for, however, you’ll need to place it in a sunny spot. This fast-growing variety can reach heights of up to 7m!

Cupressus leylandii

Leylandii has received a little bad press over the years, but the truth is that these plants are straightforward to maintain. They have extraordinarily dense foliage, which is just what you need for ultimate privacy.

Magnolia grandiflora

Distinguished by its glossy, leathery leaves, Magnolia grandiflora is native to the US and can reach heights of over 7m in the right conditions.


Looking for something fast-growing? Look no further. Bamboo is famous for its rapid growth, not to mention its beautiful appearance. It can reach heights of up to 5m, when it’s not being munched on by a panda, of course.

Euonymus Alatus

Otherwise known as ‘burning bush’, this attractive species bears oval-shaped leaves which turn dark red as autumn sets in. Reaching heights of up to 6m and widths of 600cm, it requires adequate drainage and plenty of sun to look its best.

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