Just removed about 200+ feet of cedars and to replace it with sections of 8′ high fence 24′ long then about 24′ of hedge then fence again and on and on.
What would make a good hedge (not cedars)?



Please find the list of potential shrubs and trees that make nice hedges of 8 feet (or more if you wish), depending on your requirements.  Without knowing your specific growing environment and personal taste, I will encourage you to do some additional research as to the growing requirements and habits of any of those which you are interested in pursuing. To aide you, I am including several links that will provide  you with details and a few more options :


Evergreens Suitable for Hedging: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

List of deciduous shrubs;

  1. Copper or Purple Beech ( Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea ‘)  Very nice hedge with year around interest. Attractive copper-purple leaf colour, which turns bronze-brownish and holds on throughout winter, until spring bud break.
  2. Green Beech ( Fagus sylvatic)   Similar characteristics as Copper Beech but has has bright green leaf colour instead that bronzes and holds through winter.
  3. Amur Privet or Cheyenne Privet
  4. European Snowball Viburnum
  5. Hawthorn  (nasty long thorns)
  6. Orange Glow Firethorn (Pyracantha coccinea) – semi-evergreen  with orange berries that stays under 6 feet


6.  English or Upright (Cupidata)Yew  (See Toronto Master Gardener link above for other cultivars)

7. Canadian Hemlock (Thuja Canadensis)

You may also found some of our earlier posts regarding suitable plant material for heding of use:

Privacy screen options for my backyard

Architectural Privacy Hedge

Fast growing privacy hedge or alternative