9 Fast-Growing Evergreen Trees That Will Be Tall Before You Know It

Thuga Green Giant

According to Jackson & Perkins president Kelly Funk, thuga green giant (standishii x plicata 'Green Giant') has a conical form and requires only occasional shearing or pruning. Its thick, dark, evergreen foliage reaches the ground.

False Cypress

Chamaecyparis, or false cypress, is a fast-growing, easy-to-maintain evergreen. Funk recommends it for privacy screens and hedges because to its thick, rich lime-green leaves.

Coastal Red Cedar

Coastal red cedar (Juniperus virginiana var. silicicola) has attractive, gently weeping branches with blueberry-like cones. Due to its drought tolerance and coastal growth, this tree is suited for warmer regions.

Nellie Stevens Holly

Nellie Stevens Holly (Ilex 'Nellie Stevens Holly') bears crimson berries and dark green pointed leaves. Damon Abdi of Louisiana State University's Hammond Research Station says holly cultivars are dioecious.

Italian Cypress

Italian cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is a tall, thin, upright evergreen tree with blue-green leaves that makes a great natural fence. Mites, bagworms, and root rot are frequent problems with Italian cypress, explains Abdi.

Wax Myrtle

Wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera) attracts pollinators with its glossy leaves and aromatic flowers, explains Abdi. Waxy silver-blue fruits with a pleasant scent are produced by the evergreen tree.

Leyland Cypress

Backyards look great with this fast-growing tree used for hedges or privacy screens. Abdi states that Leyland cypress (Cupressus × leylandii) has blue-green leaf generally, but certain varieties are yellower.

Dahoon Holly

Dahoon holly (Ilex cassine) grows erect and has crimson berries. Abdi: "Like other hollies, this is dioecious." Protect the fragile roots of this holly tree after planting in your yard.

Sweetbay Magnolia

Sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) is a shrub or evergreen tree. Green leaves with a silvery underside provide complexity, and the blossoms are white and fragrant. Sweetbay magnolia thrives in the southern U.S.