Homeowners looking for quick privacy hedges or landscape accents often opt for fast growing shrubs. Nurturing plants to maturity can be enjoyable in itself, but sometimes impatience may get the best of us and we would like something fast and equally as appealing. Here we list a few fast growing shrubs and their unique characteristics.


This densely branched shrub exhibits a very bristly quality – the stems shoot from the branches in what is sometimes called a ‘herringbone pattern’, which also happens to be a very popular pattern in hardscaping, most notably brick work. Cotoneaster’s jagged and bristly appearance becomes contrasted when it bears its shiny red berries which are a real eye-catcher.

Red Twig Dogwood

Dogwood has always been noted for its exceptional beauty when in bloom, but this particular type is still stunning even when the leaves, flowers, and berries are long gone in the winter months. It it during these cold months when you can get an unobstructed view of its fantastic reddish bark. After a snowfall, the stark contrast with the vibrant bark of the red twig makes for an otherworldly image.


Lilacs have always stood out as a true olfactory delight, a deciduous flowing shrub with as much beauty as it has character. The spring time bloom produces very pleasing lavender-blue flowers in dense clusters, with a most delightful fragrance.


Beautyberry is a very fast-growing shrub, so much so that many will recommend keeping the plant pruned to around a foot off the ground in the spring time. By the end of the summer, this little gem exhibits a dazzling display of violet and purple berries.


A truly wonderful shrub delivering both impressive size and a stunning green color. For homeowners who desire privacy, these are wonderful to use as hedges, they grow fairly quickly and provide a fair amount of coverage, although not all kinds of Arborvitae are suitable for use as privacy hedges. The type most commonly used for privacy is “Emerald Green” Arborvitae, growing to over 12 feet tall and several feet wide at maturity.


Canadian Hemlock, classified as both evergreens and conifers, is a fairly slow growing specimen with loads of longevity. At full maturity these trees can reach up to 80 ft. or more in height, however there are compact cultivars (essentially shrubs) which are perfect for use as hedge plants. The full size trees can also serve as a massive privacy screen. These are very low maintenance, leave very little mess and are very tolerant of shade.

Burning Bush

This feisty breed of shrub is very common and somewhat of a pest for some people as it can spread like wildfire if unchecked, and generally this plant is considered invasive. In the Autumn months this particular shrub really shines, the fall foliage is a brilliant mix of reds, oranges and pinks. For average homeowners desiring a pleasing autumn accent, Burning Bush fits the bill just fine, however many avid landscapers and gardeners despise this plant because of its tendency to dominate areas in which it grows and forcing native plant life out. Sumac is highly recommended as a possible alternative to Burning Bush.

Source by Kostas Menegakis