Norways will make you the best cover the quickest. They will put on up to 3 feet of growth a year once they get established and going.....................so long as you can keep the white pine weevils off of the terminal shoot. Lower limbs will stay low for years and years if the trees are not too closely spaced.
BG - it is a concern, but we already have some existing cedars on the property. I am not sure how close in proximity a cedar tree must be to cause issues.....but the cedars for bedding and cover will be going in a different area from our apples trees. Do you know how much distance is required to safe from CAR?
Control is most readily accomplished by removing either host from the vicinity of the other. The prevailing winds will affect the distance the hosts need to be kept apart to prevent disease development. In Oklahoma, cedar trees to the north or northwest of apple trees will need to be no more than one-fourth of a mile away to prevent an appreciable amount of rust spores from reaching either host. However, if the cedar trees are located to the south or southwest of apple trees, the distance would need to be one mile or more.