Shade Loving Tree



We have a small Toronto backyard and want to grow something tall to block and unattractive apartment building beside us. The area does not receive a lot of the sun. I’ve attached a picture to help with the visualization.

Can you recommend a fast-growing, shade-loving blocking tree / hedge that would work?

Thanks so much for your help,



Thank you for contacting the Toronto Master gardeners with your inquiry. As our urban sprawl increases and  an increase in high density housing, the need for privacy in ones own backyard sanctuary becomes more important.

One of our archived posts titled Backyard Privacy Tree addresses this very issue.

Also, if you type “Privacy” in the search box located on the right side of the web page you will find a number of archived posts with numerous suggestions.

Another excellent source of information is LEAF

“LEAF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest. We offer programs that help you plant, care and give.”