Plants for Hedges & Windbreaks

Whether it is for protection from wind or unsightly neighbors, there are plenty of plants that grow quickly and provide good screening in the landscape.

Hedges and screens are necessary in many landscapes across Ohio. Whether it is to block road noise, use as a windscreen or block pesky neighbors, there are certain plants that work best in this instance and many are listed below. Some of our favorites are arborvitae and Western red cedar.

Evergreens, which are the most commonly used plant for hedges, do not commonly show water stress so keeping a regular watering schedule after planting is essential. See our video below.

For more information on evergreen plants, click here.

For more information on planting balled and burlapped trees, see our video below.


Abies, Fir
Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigata’, European Hornbeam
Crataegus ‘Crus-galli’, Thornless Hawthorne
Fagus, Beech
Magnolia, Magnolia
Malus, Crabapple
Picea, Spruce
Pinus strobus, White Pine
Pinus sylvestris, Scotch Pine
Rhamnus frangula, Buckthorn
Thuja occidentalis, American Arborvitae
Thuja plicata, Western Red Cedar
Tsuga canadensis, Canadian Hemlock


Azalea, Azalea
Berberis thunbergii, Japanese Barberry
Buxus, Boxwood
Euonymous alatus ‘Compacta’, Burning Bush
Forsythia x intermedia, Forsythia
Hamamelis, Witch Hazel
Ilex, Holly/Inkberry
Juniperus scopulorum ‘Moonglow’, Rocky Mountain Juniper
Ligustrum, Privett
Lindera benzoin, Spice Bush
Magnolia, Magnolia
Philadelphus, Mockorange
Prunus x cistena, Sand Cherry
Prunus x ‘Hally Jolivette’, Hally Jolivette Cherry
Rhododendron, Rhododendron
Rosa, Shrub or Hedge Rose Types
Salix discolor, Pussy Willow
Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’, Dappled Willow
Spiraea, Japanese Spirea
Syringa, Lilac
Taxus, Yew
Thuja, Arborvitae
Viburnum, Viburnum
Weigela florida, Weigela

Have Deer Problems?

Here is a list of common hedges from most resistant to least resistant to deer damage:

Northern Bayberry
Western Red Cedar 
Green Giant Arborvitae
Eastern Red Cedar (Juniper)
Leatherleaf Viburnum