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Evergreen Guide


Abies :: Fir

These evergreens are less common in the landscape, especially in Northwest Ohio, due to their sensitivity to extreme soil and climate conditions. They are not tolerant to clay or wet soils. In areas where they can survive, they are beautiful species that can add a bit of elegance to the landscape.

Abies balsamea (Canaan Fir) :: 30-40' tall x 20-25' wide
Abies concolor ( White Fir) :: 30-50' tall x 15-30' wide
Abies fraseri 'Fraser' (Fraser Fir) :: 30-40' tall x 20-25' wide

Buxus :: Boxwood

A broadleaf evergreen shrub that has a place in most landscapes. This versatile plant is used in hedges, foundation planting, and screening around unsightly features. It does require an annual trimming, but can other than that it is a low maintenance plant. Tolerant of sun or shade and most soil conditions, it can be handle almost anywhere it is planted.

Buxus x (Franklins Gem Boxwood) :: 15-18" tall x 24" wide
Buxus x (Green Gem Boxwood) :: 2' tall x wide
Buxus x (Green Mountain) :: 5' tall x 3' wide at base
Buxus x (Green Velvet) :: 3-4' tall x wide
Buxus macrophylla (Winter Gem Boxwood) :: 2' tall x wide
Buxus sempervirens (Vardar Valley Boxwood) :: 2-3' tall x 3-5' wide
Buxus x ' Winter Beauty' (Winter Beauty Boxwood) :: 3-4' tall x 3-5' wide

Chamaecyparis :: Falsecypress/Cedar/Yellow Cypress

A wide genus that is part of the cypress family. Plant varieties range from conical tree forms to low spreading shapes. These soft needle evergreens typically grow rather slowly, with some only growing 3-5' over a span of 10 years.

Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula' (Alaskan Weeping Cedar) :: 30' tall x 10' wide
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray Gold' (Fernspray Gold Hinoki Falsecypress) :: 6' tall x 4' wide
Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Filicoides' (Fernspray Falsecypress) :: 20' tall x 15' wide
Chamaecyparis o. 'Kosteri' (Kosteri Hinkoki Falsecypress) :: 3' tall x 3' wide
Chamaecyparis o. 'Nana' (True Dwarf Hinkoki Falsecypress) :: 1-2' tall x 2' wide
Chamaecyparis o. 'Nana Gracilis' ( Dwarf Hinoki Falsecypress) :: 6' tall x 3-4' wide
Chamaecyparis o. 'Templehof' (Templehof Falsecypress) :: 5' tall x 3' wide
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Betchersi' (Betcher's Falsecypress) :: 8-10' tall x 4-6' wide
Chamaecyparis p. 'Boulevard' (Boulevard Falsecypress) :: 4-8' tall x 5' wide
Chamaecyparis p. 'Vintage Gold' (Vintage Gold Falsecypress) :: 18-30" x 3' tall
Chamaecyparis p. filifera 'Mops' (Golden Mop Falsecypress) :: 2' tall x 3' wide
Chamaecyparis p. f. 'Sungold' (Sungold Falsecypress) :: 5' tall x wide

Ilex :: Holly

Widely popular for their dark green color and red berries, the holly is still common throughout residential landscapes. There are other species in the holly genus that are not quite as popular, but still very versatile in the landscape. While, the deciduous hollies are not listed here they also add a bunch of color during the winter with their bright red berries. Keep in mind that both a male and female variety is needed to produce berries.

Ilex cenata 'Sky Pencil' (Sky Pencil Japanese Holly) :: 6-10' tall x 1-3' wide
llex glabra 'Shamrock' (Shamrock Inkberry) :: 3-4' tall x wide
llex x mesrveae. 'Blue Prince' (Blue Prince Holly) :: 8-10' tall x 8' wide
llex x m. 'Blue Princess' (Blue Princess Holly) :: 8-10' tall x 8' wide
llex x m. 'Hachfec' (Castle Spire Holly) :: 8-10' tall x 3-4' wide
llex x m. 'Hechenstarl' (Castle Wall Holly) :: 8-10' tall x 3-4' wide
llex x m. 'Mesid' ( Blue Maid Holly) :: 12' tall x wide

Juniperus : Juniper

Another evergreen that is widely popular for its durability and range of shapes and sizes. This small, needle or scale-like foliage can be found in blue, green, or yellow. Junipers can be used as hedges, screens, mass planting, single specimens, groundcovers, or topiaries. While they can handle most soil conditions, they do require full sun.

Juniperus chinensis 'Gold Coast' (Gold Coast Juniper) :: 18-24" tall x wide
Juniperus ch. 'Saybrook Gold' PP 5014 (Saybrook Gold Juniper) :: 2-3' tall x 6' wide
Juniperus ch. 'Seagreen' (Sea Green Juniper) :: 3' tall x 4-5' wide
Juniperus communis (Gold Cone Juniper) :: 5-8' tall x 2' wide
Juniperus conferta 'Blue Pacific' (Blue Pacific Shore Juniper) :: 1' tall x 6-9' wide
Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Chip' (Blue Chip Rug Juniper) :: 6-9" tall x 6' wide
Juniperus h. 'Wiltonii' (Blue Rug Juniper) :: 6" tall x 5-7' wide
Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' (Dwarf Garden Juniper) :: 4-6' tall x 6' wide
Juniperus sabina 'Broadmoor' (Broadmoor Juniper) :: 12" tall x 4-6' wide
Juniperus s. 'Buffalo' (Buffalo Juniper) :: 12" tall x 8' wide
Juniperus scopulorum 'Blue Arrow' (Blue Arrow Juniper) :: 15' tall x 2' wide
Juniperus sc. 'Moonglow' (Moonglow Juniper) :: 15-20' tall x 3' wide
Juniperus sc. 'Skyrocket' ( Skyrocket Juniper) :: 15' tall x 2' wide
Juniperus sc. 'Wichita Blue' ( Wichita Blue Juniper) :: 18' tall x 5-6' wide
Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star' (Blue Star Juniper) :: 2' tall x wide
Juniperus virginiana 'Grey Owl' (Grey Owl Juniper) :: 30" tall x wide

Microbiota :: Russian Cypress/Russian Arborvitae

A low, spreading evergreen that is a nice fine textured groundcover. During the fall and winter the medium green foliage changes to a bronze-ish purple color.

Microbiota decussata (Russian Cypress) :: 8-12" tall x 2-3' wide

Myrica :: Bayberry

An ideal plant for hedging or screening that is tolerant to salt and infertile soil. While it is only a semi-evergreen this large shrub still offers nice coverage as a mass planting. The small yellowish flowers and gray berries go almost unnoticed.

Myrica pensylvanica (Northern Bayberry) :: 9-12' tall x wide

Picea :: Spruce

One of the most popular large evergreen trees. Perfect for windbreaks or specimen plantings, spruces are adaptable to most soil types. Many different varieties are now available in sizes perfect for most landscapes.

Picea abies (Norway Spruce) :: 40-80' tall x 25-30' wide
Picea abies 'Pendula' (Weeping Norway Spruce) :: 4-15' tall x 4-15' wide
Picea engelmannii (Engelmann Spruce) :: 50-60' tall x 20-30' wide
Picea glauca (White Spruce) :: 40-60' tall x 10-20' wide
Picea glauca 'Densata' (Black Hills Spruce) :: 20-40' tall x 10-20' wide
Picea omorika (Serbian Spruce) :: 50-60' tall x 20-25' wide
Picea pungens (Colorado Spruce) :: 40-60' tall x 10-20' wide
Picea pungens 'Bakeri' (Bakeri Spruce) :: 12' tall 6' wide (after 30 years)
Picea pungens 'Fat Albert' (Fat Albert Spruce) :: 10-15' tall x 7-10' wide

Pinus :: Pine

Another widely popular large evergreen. Just like the spruce, many varieties are available that grow to just about every size. Some pines grow much faster than spruces, therefore they do not have quite as long of a life span.

Pinus nigra (Austrian Pine) :: 50-60' tall x 20-40' wide
Pinus strobus (Eastern White Pine) :: 50-80' tall x 20-40' wide
Pinus strobus 'Pendula' (Weeping White Pine) :: 6-15' tall x 10-20' wide
Pinus strobiformus (Southwestern White Pine):: 75' tall x 30' wide

Rhododendron :: Azalea/Rhododendron

The plants in this genus can range from small groundcover shrubs to 60' tall trees, however we grow the common small to medium size shrub varieties. The key to success with rhododendrons or azaleas is proper drainage and shade during the heat of the day. Both azaleas and rhododendron are adored for their bright flowers. While there are both evergreen and deciduous varieties are obviously the evergreens are the only ones listed below.

Rhodo. 'Crimson' (Girad Crimson Red Azalea) :: 4-5' tall x 3-5' wide
Rhododendron 'Karen' (Karen Azalea) :: 4-5' tall x 3-5' wide
Rhodo. 'PJM' (PJM Rhododendron) :: 4-5' tall x 2-3' wide
Rhodo. 'Pleasant White' (Girad Pleasant White Azalea) :: 4-5' tall x 3-5' wide
Rhodo. 'Poukhanense' (Poukanese Azalea) :: 4-5' tall x 3-5' wide
Rhodo. 'Rene Michelle' (Girad Rene Michelle Azalea) :: 4-5' tall x 3-5' wide

Taxus :: Yew

The true yew species is a pyramidal tree that can grown to 40-60' tall. However, for landscape purposes varieties have been cultivated that stay small and compact. Yews are extremely hardy, can handle most soil and lighting conditions, as well as a heavy pruning.

Taxus x media 'Brownii' (Browns Yew) :: 6' tall x 9' wide
Taxus x media 'Everlow' (Everlow Yew) :: 1-2' tall x 4-5' wide
Taxus x media 'Hicksii' (Hick Yew) :: 12' tall x 6' wide
Taxus x 'Densiformis' (Dense Yew) :: 3-4' tall x 4-8' wide
Taxus x 'Wardii' (Wards Yew) :: 3' tall x 4-6' wide

Thuja :: Arborvitae

Similar to other evergreens listed, arborvitaes are widely popular for their low maintenance and range of shapes and sizes. The soft needles either have a green or yellow color. The most common varieties have an upright, pyramidal habit, while there are round and spreading varieties.

Thuja occidentalis 'Aurea Golden Globe (Golden Globe Arborvitae) :: 2-3' tall x wide
Thuja o. 'Bobazam' ppaf (Mr. Bowling Ball) :: 2' tall x wide
Thuja o. 'Danica' (Danica Arborvitae) :: 10-15" tall x wide
Thuja o. 'Degroot's Spire' (Degroot's Spire Arborvitae) :: 6-10' tall x 3' wide
Thuja o. 'Smaragd' (Emerald Green Arborvitae) :: 10-15' tall x 3-4' wide
Thuja o. 'Little Giant' (Little Giant Arborvitae) :: 3-4' tall x wide
Thuja o. 'Techny' (Techny Arborvitae) :: 8-12' tall x 4-5' wide
Thuja o. 'Nigra' (Nigra Arborvitae) :: 20-30' tall x 5-10' wide
Thuja o. 'Reingold' (Rheingold Arborvitae) :: 5' tall x wide
Thuja o. 'Woodwardii' (Woodward's Globe Arborvitae) :: 3-4' tall x wide
Thuja o. 'Yellow Ribbon' (Yellow Ribbon Arborvitae) :: 8-10' tall x 4-6' wide

Tsuga :: Hemlock

A truly beautiful evergreen. The soft pyramidal outline breaks up harsh lines in the landscape, while adding interest all winter long. Hemlocks do not tolerant heavy clay or strong winds, be sure to plant in a protect, well drained area.

Tsuga canadensis (Canadian Hemlock) :: 75' tall x 25-35' wide




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