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                                                                            Emerald Green Arborvitae                  Excelsa Cedar                             Green Giant                                             Leyland Cypress          Emerald Tower        "Gold Rider" Cypress                             English Laurel                                        Yew

      Mature Mature Growth Sunlight Soil Can Be Need to be      
TREE Click tree for  more info Height Width Rate Requirements Requirements Pruned* ? Watered**? Comments    
Emerald Green Arborvitae 14-15' 3-4' Slow Full/Close to Full Well-Drained Not Necessary YES The most popular screening tree
Excelsa Cedar   30-35' 12-15' Medium/Fast Full/Partial Wet-soil Tolerant Yes YES The most popular larger screening tree
Green Giant   30-50' Approx.12'  Fast Full/Partial Widely Adaptable Yes YES        
"Emerald Tower"tm 25-30 Approx. 8' Fast Full/close to full Well-Drained No YES        
Leyland Cypress To 60' To 25' Fast Full Well-Drained Yes YES The fastest-growing screening tree
"Gold Rider" Cypress To 35' To 15' Medium Fast F ull Well Drained Yes YES Color      
English Laurel   To 20' To 20' Fast Shade Tolerant Well-Drained Yes YES        
Schipka Laurel   12-15' 6-8' Medium Full/Partial Well-Drained Yes YES Popular size and easy to maintain
Portugal Laurel   15-18' To 15' Medium Full/Partial Well-Drained Yes YES        
Dwarf-leaf English Laurel 12-14' 8-10' Medium  Shade Tolerant Well-Drained Yes YES    
Yew   To 20' 3-5' Moderate Shade Tolerant Well-Drained Yes YES The most shade-tolerant  
      *    All of these trees can be left to grow naturally.  Those with a "Yes" can also be pruned to maintain a certain size.    
      **   All newly-planted trees need to be watered.  If you don't water them, they won't survive        


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Delivery & Planting Available

             We deliver and plant these trees.  Most of our planting projects are in Western Washington: Blaine, Bellingham, Everett, Edmonds, Mukilteo, Shoreline, Bothell, Seattle & the "East Side"--Bellevue, Woodinville, Kirkland, Issaquah, Sammamish, etc.--Renton, Kent, Federal Way, Tacoma, south to Olympia and all points in between; plus Leavenworth & Wentachee.  Further away, people often come pick up the trees here at the nursery and arrange for local planting.   Please see the "Advantages" section below for more information about our planting services and our company.


Instant Privacy® Trees Checklist

     The following "checklist" is designed to help you get organized to make the right "Instant Privacy” Tree decision.  You might want to print or copy this page and keep notes after each question.  This will help us work with you to determine the best tree for you.

1.  How tall does your privacy screen need to be when it is full grown?

          Emerald Green Arborvitae will grow to a mature height of 12’ or so, which is sufficient for most screening.  All the other trees we carry will grow taller than that.


2.  How many feet in width do you need to cover?

          You have to know this so you can determine how many trees you need.


3.  How much of your yard can you give up for the screen?

          This is a big issue.  If you have a large yard, any of our trees will work for you.  But if you have either a smaller yard or don’t want to give up a lot of your yard to privacy trees, then you need to look at this carefully.  The Emerald Green Arborvitae are popular because they don’t grow more than 2-3’ wide, and don’t require any pruning.  Leyland Cypress and Excelsa Cedar will grow to be 12-15’  wide,  English Laurel 20’ wide, and the Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar can grow as wide as 50-60 feet.  These trees can be pruned to stay in a smaller space, but pruning is tough and/or expensive work.



4.  Are you willing to prune your trees, or do you want “low maintenance”?

          See previous question.

5.  Will the trees be up against a fence?

          If so, you need to be careful about putting larger trees next to it—you’ll either need to leave enough room to get in there and prune the trees (a miserable job), or plant them far enough away so they don’t reach the fence (thus using up a lot of your yard).  Basically, big trees will eventually push over the fence if left untended.  Here again, Emerald Green Arborvitae avoid this problem.  

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6.  What is the “look” you want?

           Many people love the look of the Emerald Green Arborvitae, while someone looking for a more “rural” or “natural” look will want to go with firs and cedars.  “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” 


7.  Are you willing to water your trees?

          Your answer has to be “Yes”; otherwise, build a wooden fence.  Newly planted trees need water and so you need access to a water source and a watering/sprinkler system.  When we plant the trees we provide, for no additional charge, either a custom-cut, water-efficient dual soaker-hose system (Arborvitae, English Laurel and Bamboo) or a custom-length low-volume emitter system  (other Instant Privacy Trees) either of which will attach to your garden hose; and we suggest you buy an automatic watering timer (under $50).


8.  What is the soil and sunlight light like where you want to plant the trees?

         On our Instant Privacy Tree pages, as part of the description of each tree you will see the tree’s “Attributes” explaining its soil and sunlight needs.     



9.  How “full” do you want your privacy screen to be immediately?

           Most of our “Instant Privacy” Trees come in more than one size.  You also have choices as to how you want to space the trees when you plant them—put them close together to obtain maximum screening now, or space them wider to save on the budget and wait for them to grow together.



10.  Would you like us to deliver and plant the trees?

           You are welcome to simply pick-up the trees from us, but most people have us deliver and plant them.  These are big, heavy trees.


11.  How good is the access to the planting area?

           When we park our trucks, how far do we need to go to get to the planting area?  Are there any stairs, narrow gates, rockeries, etc.?  Many of the trees we plant are so large that we need to use equipment to put them in place--do we have "equipment access" to the planting area?  


12.  Are there any utilities or irrigation systems in the area where we will be planting?   

           This is usually not a problem, but the question does need to be asked.  Your area will have a "one-stop" phone call where you can ask all your utilities at once to come out and mark their location (no charge).    



13.  Are there any governmental or private restrictions on planting trees where you'd like to?   

           This is usually not a problem but there can be governmental height or type restrictions, particularly in parking strips.  Also, private covenants can dictate what can or can't be planted.



14.  Where can I go for more information?

          You'll want to look at our "Instant Privacy" Photo Gallery, and if you're interested in Emerald Green Arborvitae, see "Everything You Need to Know about 'Emerald Green' Arborvitae".   We’d be happy to discuss the options with you over the phone or by e-mail.  If you wish, we’ll send you a free, no-obligation estimate of what your project would cost and when we could do it.  We also have many happy customers who have agreed to act as references for us--names available upon request.

(425) 343-2650         info@nurserytrees.com





Privacy Tree Comparison Chart


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Easily compare the mature sizes, growing conditions, etc.

of all of our privacy trees.


See our Trees Growing in the Fields!

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with many of the trees identified.   Click here.





Discusses all of our privacy tree options, pros and cons,

with "Before & After" photos. 

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"I am really pleased with your work.  You saved me several thousand dollars, steered me away from trees that wouldn't work, provided healthy and beautiful trees, did a great job planting them, and did everything on time and on schedule.  You can quote me."                                                                          Jo, Vashon Island

"Our privacy bank of trees has done nothing but grow well into maturity.  Our back yard and deck area is totally private and the 10 trees your team planted [in 2005] are rich, leathery and dark green.  We remark on them every day it seems.  Please include me in any of your "Testimonials" as you would be hard pressed to find a more satisfied customer."                                                                                                                  Jim, Port Orchard

"For quality vs. value, your trees are the best landscape purchase I’ve ever made."    Jeff, Seattle


"Michael, I just wanted to pass along a note to tell you how thrilled I am with the trees.  The effect they have brought to our new courtyard in the front of our home here in Seattle has exceeded my expectations!"                                                                Chip Hanauer, Hydroplane Driver--Click Here to see his project.  

"I work in customer service so I know good service when I experience it and you have my top rating.  I would definitely recommend you to anyone who needs new landscaping.  Thanks again.”                    Carol, Camano Island

"By the way, the trees were a great privacy feature when we sold the last house!  We now have a much larger space . . "                                                                                                   Katherine, Fall City

“My compliments to your crew.  We’ve had a lot of contractors working on our house recently and we’ve seen the entire range; and your guys were excellent. The trees make things look so much better—I started smiling as soon as I saw them going in."                                                                                    Holly, Queen Anne

"You guys are the best nursery I've ever done business with! And I have dealt with a few. You did what you said you would, on time with attention to detail rarely found. From the beginning of the quote process all the way through to the last detail you made it easy. And you work to ensure that the trees will thrive after planting with detailed advice, a complementary irrigation system, and a website filled with useful information. Most nurseries will just dump off the goods and tell you best of luck, put some water on them. You provide a quality product that sets you apart. Your crew was friendly, polite and operated as a well organized team. I would recommend you without hesitation! Thanks for doing a great job!”                                                                                                   Ryan, Buckley

"We can not believe how beautiful your trees are.  The privacy is unbelievable. If you ever need a testimonial let us know.   Our yard is perfect!  We sit there and say "my oh my”!               Suzanne, Tacoma 

"I don't think I've ever been as happy with something I've purchased."                           Sarah, Sammamish

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Additional Information

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1.  Privacy Tree Comparison Chart


2.  "Top Ten" Privacy Trees for Western Washington--Article


3.  Video of NurseryTrees.com's farm property, including trees labeled.


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6.  "Instant Privacy" Photos in Our Photo Gallery


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