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8 Different Types of Tree Hedges

Ever wonder what that line of shrubs or trees is called? Just in case you didn’t know, those are hedges. There is no better way to spice up your garden and ensure privacy than a living plant wall. There are many different options of hedges to choose from, so let’s go through the eight different types of tree hedges that are most popular.

Boxwood Shrubs

Want to take a trip to Europe? These shrubs have been an essential part of the European garden design for centuries. Not only do they look extremely sleek and modern, but they are also deer-resistant, making it a popular choice among North Americans. However, with the deer-resistant bonus, these shrubs are prone to fungal disease. To beat the odds of having this happen, keeping your shrubs within half the recommended distance from each other will promote air circulation and health.

Lilacs Bush ‘Syringa Vulgaris’

These gorgeous lavender-white hedge shrubs bring a pop of colour and a natural fragrance just in time for late spring. Lilacs thrive in full sun exposure environments and need well-drained soil to grow. These bushes are commonly pruned in loose hedges. Although beautiful, these colourful bushes are sometimes susceptible to mildew disease. By pruning their branches, they will maintain good air circulation and will be a great addition to your garden.

Arborvitae ‘Emerald Green’

In need of some privacy? These spiral topiaries form shrubs can mature up to 70 feet and are sure to provide you with some privacy. If you live on a large property, these bright green hedges are fast-growing, effortless to maintain and they even adjust to colder climates (perfect for the Canadian climate). Bonus: they only need to be watered twice a week for the first few months then weekly for the next year!

Flowering Quince

Forget the alarm system; this plant ensures maximum security with the help of their sharp spines. This beautiful pink-white or scarlet coloured hedges attract pollinators and have an irresistible fragrance. The flowers last for 10 to 14 days, which is closely followed by a yellow-green fruit called Bael often used for preserves and jellies. This multi-purpose scrub can be messy and time-consuming to maintain, but they do provide vivid colours with an additional security barrier.

flower quince


These charming hedges can vary in colour from white, yellow and green, a must colour scheme for your outdoor space. If you are willing to splurge on your planting this summer, these are certainly the hedges for you. When these hedges bloom, the purely ornamental berries will grow. Be cautious with these hedges as these berries are poisonous and should not be consumed.


These trees are often referred to as “green giants.” You are sure to find the perfect fit for your garden as these hedges offer various colours from bright green and yellow-green to gray. The Leyland Cypress is one of the most popular types of cypress as it grows quickly and does not require regular watering, or fertilization. Keep in mind that if you are planting multiple Leyland Cypress hedges, it is important to ensure ample room as they can grow up to 40-60 in height and 8-12 in width. This is one of the most popular types of hedges in Ottawa and is well-loved by families in suburban neighbourhoods.


One of the most versatile plants for your garden is the Viburnum. Depending on how you plant these hedges, you can attain about any desired look, whether it be bushy and compact or airy is up to you. To have the best Viburnum hedge, regular trimming and pruning will allow the plants to fill out.

It is time for you to bring life to your backyard with the endless options of hedges. Working alongside fully insured, experienced and professional employees at CedarSmith, we will bring you outstanding results for your trimming needs. Request a free consultation and estimates from CedarSmith, there is no better time to build the perfect living wall than now.