The 10 Best Fast-Growing Evergreen Shrubs, According To Experts


Add color with Camellias, blooming from fall to mid-March in various hues. Deer-resistant and reaching 10-13 feet, they're perfect for brightening up less vibrant seasons.


Native to the Southern U.S., Devilwood produces fragrant white flowers in spring. It can be pruned to maintain size or left to grow as a large shrub or small tree.

Eastern Red Cedar

Eastern Red Cedar is fast-growing and dense, providing year-round privacy. Varieties like 'Grey Owl' and 'Globosa' offer different sizes for your needs.

Fire Chief™ Arborvita

A compact evergreen, Fire Chief™ Arborvitae thrives in tough conditions and is deer-resistant. Its golden leaves and low maintenance make it a garden favorite.

Florida Anise

Perfect for shady areas, Florida Anise is deer-resistant and quickly grows to around 12 feet. Its garnet-colored spring flowers add ornamental appeal.

Florida Hobblebush

Florida Hobblebush is ideal for privacy screens and hedges. It produces upright shoots in spring and works well in both naturalistic and formal gardens.


Inkberry is a versatile, low-maintenance shrub perfect for hedges. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and almost any soil type, providing food for pollinators.


Laurustinus attracts pollinators and birds with its blossoms and metallic-blue fruits. This fast-growing, deer-resistant shrub can be grown individually or as a hedge.

Northern Bayberry

Northern Bayberry offers semi-evergreen presence and wildlife habitat. It tolerates a variety of soil conditions, making it suitable for many landscapes, including coastal areas.

Oakland Holly

Oakland Holly thrives in both full sun and partial shade. This hardy shrub reaches 15-20 feet, with glossy, dark green leaves, and is tolerant of both cold and heat.

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