Hedging and Screening Plants: Hedge Plants and Trees for Screening

Hedging and Screening Plants

Over time, all hedging plants and trees offer excellent screening and defense against wind. A well-grown beech hedge is impossible to see or penetrate through. As a result, the listings below do not cover every plant, only those that specialized in being “obstructive.” Please keep in mind that creating a hedge takes time. If you’re planting little plants (which is always preferable because they establish and grow away far better than larger ones), give them at least 18 months, preferably two years before they become hedging & screening plants.

Screening Hedges

Because screening hedges are usually used to keep people or things out, the hedge screen plants used here are thorny. That isn’t to say they aren’t beautiful; consider a rose. Some, like most Berberis, are quite dangerous, thus we recommend using leather gloves while planting and cutting any of the hedge plants listed below:

Darwin’s Berberis

Berberis has spiky, dark lustrous green, holly-like leaves that are evergreen. The young leaves are practically scarlet when they first emerge and become green as they mature. In the spring, there are orange blooms.

Wintergreen Julian’s Berberis

Hedging is another evergreen strategy. Berberis with dark green, spiky leaves (a giraffe would be wary of them). In the spring, there are yellow blooms. Up to 2 meters.

Green Berberis

Beautiful flowers, little berries, lovely leaves, and flexible, needle-sharp spines that may pierce leather gloves’ stitching. Hedging against vandalism.

Berberis Purple

In every way, it’s the same as Green Berberis, but the leaves are purple. The two plants appear to be a good match.

Sloe, Blackthorn

This is a hedging plant of choice for allotment owners. Suckering, dense-growing, spiky blackthorn is useful for birds and carries sloes in the fall.


It doesn’t need much of an introduction. Produces an impenetrable hedge in a short amount of time. Some of the plants will be female and produce berries throughout the winter if they are planted in large numbers.


The old-fashioned rural hedging. If it works for bulls, why not for humans?

White Ramana’s Rose

These are thorny roses that sucker prolifically, forming a thicket that may be trimmed with a trimmer. Excellent for hedges up to 2 meters in height.

Red Ramana’s Rose

This rose, like the White Ramana’s Rose, blooms in clusters of burgundy red blossoms throughout the summer and fall. Rosehips that are huge and orange/red in color.

Rose of Scotch

The Scotch Rose is the spiniest of all the roses, yet it suckers well and makes excellent hedges up to 1.2 meters tall.


Willow Hybrid

It’s not the most delicate willow, but it may grow up to 3 meters each year (about 10 feet) and coppices nicely. up to ten meters.

Poplar Hybrid

Growing as quickly as the hybrid willow, but higher and broader. To a depth of 15 meters.

Common or Cherry, Laurel

Cherry Laurel is an excellent screening plant as well as a formal hedge plant. Its broad leaves are perfect for roadside planting because they absorb light and noise. Up to 6 meters.


Weeding in the early years and one cutting a year is all that is required to keep these hedging and screening plants in good shape. Mid-winter is the best time to undertake formative pruning. A hedge trimmer may be used to cut all of these plants, including the roses.

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