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Popular fast growing privacy trees include the evergreens, Thuja Green Giant, and the Leyland Cypress. Popular deciduous trees are hybrid willows and hybrid poplars. The afore-mentioned fast growing trees are not long lived, 20 to 25 years is a common life span, or less. Many qualities of a long lived privacy trees can be found in slower growing trees in the evergreen and deciduous families of trees. Consider growing 2 rows of privacy trees if there is space enough. Plant the fast growing tree in the back row ant the slower growing tree in the front row. When the slower growing trees reach the desired size, remove the shorter lived trees in the back row. Choose trees that begin branching close to the ground for best results. Spruce trees branch close to the ground whereas pine trees will be branched several feet above the ground when mature.