Privacy Tree Ideas for NW

technodoggAugust 8, 2014


We just finished some re-grading and the building of a retaining wall. Now we are starting to think about plantings. We would like to plant some privacy trees along the top of the retaining wall to block view of neighbors house (see picture). We live in Seattle and the picture is facing east. Right side of the yard gets good sun first half of the day, while the left side gets good sun for the later half of the day.

We don't want just a row of Arborvitaes. Instead, a variety of colors would be nice. Would prefer something with a mature height of 15-20 ft with a max width (or prunable width) of 10ft. Perhaps, Golden Cypress? Any ideas?


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What is to the left of the retaining wall?

Show the area that needs privacy.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 9:21PM
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Thanks for the post. I've attached another picture that shows the area (above the wall) that needs privacy from the house shown in the original image. That is, we would like a row of privacy trees on the top side of the wall to block view of the neighbors house.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 2:21PM
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This post was edited by Yardvaark on Fri, Aug 15, 14 at 21:32

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 3:36PM
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Perhaps, a drawing would help. See attached...

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 4:33PM
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This post was edited by Yardvaark on Fri, Aug 15, 14 at 21:35

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 8:05PM
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RE: Yardvaark

Look, I know I'm asking for help and you're trying to, which I appreciate, but if you're not going to spend the minimum amount of time to actually read the original question then please don't post a response.

Original post was very clear - we want some trees to put on the topside of the retaining wall to block the view of the house, AS SHOWN IN THE PICTURE.

I am being very specific in my question, so as not to waste anyone's time - I don't need general advice for the whole yard, just some ideas for privacy trees. What we do with the area below the wall, or where the "freaks" (as you put it) will be sitting is irrelevant. I just was looking for suggestions on NW trees with mature height of 15-20 ft, with max width of 10ft. If you don't know that fine, just quit conflating the thread with irrelevant questions.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 8:39PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Arbutus unedo
Azara microphylla
Fargesia robusta
Laurus nobilis
Myrica californica
Osmanthus heterophyllus

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 3:51PM
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