Tall hedge (3 meters and up) for Toronto

(Question)

Hi,

My neighbour built two story house close to our fence and we have been looking for tall hedge (3 meters and up) for privacy.

We have white cedar hedge facing end of backyard but, it has been growing slowly due to lack of proper sun exposure (high trees in vicinity).

What would be recommendation beyond white cedar? Preferably evergreen but, I am open to all solutions.

Regards,
Goran

(Answer)

You are not alone in this situation as the building of larger homes continues everywhere.

Below, is a short list of general suggestions that could be used, but it may be worth your while seeking professional help from a landscape architect and/or arborist as we do not know the soil makeup, light conditions, size, direction or location of your garden.  If you do not know a suitable professional to help you, Landscape Ontario is a tremendous resource for licenced practitioners and should be able to recommend people in your specific neighbourhood – see link below.

  1. Amur Maple (Acer ginnala).
  2. Canadian Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis).
  3. Arborvitae (Thuja spp.).
  4. Hybrid Yew (Taxus spp.).
  5. Scarlet Firethorn (Pyracantha spp.).
  6. Privet (Ligustrum x vicaryi).
  7. Juniper (Juniperus spp.).
  8. Holly (Ilex spp.).
  9. American Beech (Fagus Americana).

https://landscapeontario.com/

The Toronto Master Gardeners have been asked this question many times so we have created a short garden guide on the topic which might help in your selection, see the link below:

https://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/gardeningguides/evergreens-suitable-for-hedging-a-toronto-master-gardeners-guide/

Whatever plants you choose, it could take a very long time with many years of continuous shearing/trimming to get the hedge you want.  Hope this is of some help to you.