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Top 5 Evergreens Sold through the Arbor Day Tree Nursery

By Sheereen Othman | September 28, 2017

Evergreen trees offer numerous benefits when strategically planted around your home. They provide year-round color in the winter when other trees are bare. Additionally, evergreens can be used as a living snow fence, keeping cold winds out which results in lower energy costs.

Here are the top 5 evergreen trees sold through the Arbor Day Tree Nursery.

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  1. Green Giant Arborvitae (Thuja standishii x plicata ‘Green Giant‘)

The green giant arborvitae is a large, vigorous, fast-growing evergreen—shooting up by as much as 3′ per year until maturity. Its natural pyramidal to conical form boasts dense, rich green foliage that darkens or bronzes slightly in the winter.

This is an exceptional landscape tree for use as a screen, hedge or single specimen. It is also resistant to wind once established and can withstand heavy ice or snow, making it a good choice for a natural windbreak.

2. American Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)

This native evergreen is a hard-working, versatile specimen. The narrow, pyramid shape makes it a natural choice for windbreaks. It requires almost no care when used as a hedge or screen. Pairs of these hardy trees make great accents for doors and garden gates. And single trees soften house corners.

Tall and elegant, the American arborvitae may be the right solution to your landscaping challenges.

3. Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana)

The eastern redcedar tree is a common sight throughout most of the plains states and eastern United States on road cuts, in fence rows and scattered across abandoned fields—especially where limestone soils are present. It is an aromatic tree, with reddish wood giving off the scent of cedar chests and crushed fruit providing a whiff of the gin they once flavored.

Thanks to its tolerance of heat, salt, a wide range of soils and other adverse conditions, the eastern redcedar can be put to good use on the farm in windbreaks and in city landscapes for hedges, screens, clumps or even as specimen trees.

4. Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)

One of our most popular ornamental conifers, the Colorado blue spruce (or simply, blue spruce) is a truly magnificent sight. Perhaps Donald Culrose Peattie described it best in A Natural History of Western Trees. “This insistently pretty tree displays its charms of tier on tier of branches graduated in perfect symmetry from the longest boughs that sweep the ground to the slender but strong top.”

Its silvery blue-green coloring and perfect Christmas tree shape make this tree a great landscaping focal point on commercial and residential properties. It is also widely used for privacy or a windbreak.

5. Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum)

The baldcypress tree is the classic tree of southern swamps. There, in its native habitat, it displays a peculiar habit of raising conical “knees” from its roots. The function of these growths is something of a mystery, although some believe it is a way to help the roots get oxygen. This tree dwells in swamps because it out-competes most other trees on such sites.

To the surprise of some people, the baldcypress does quite well when planted in the right soil in yards or along streets and is a beautiful specimen tree. It has been grown successfully in cities as far north as Milwaukee and on dry Texas hills.

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8 Comments

  • Reply Sherry W. Hardwick September 28, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    There is some bug that is killing a lot of spruce & fir trees in my area (central Maine). I have blue spruce, Douglas fir, and several other conifers on my property. What can I do to save my trees. I hesitate to spray them with chemicals because of bees and butterflies.

    • Reply Christine Hutfles October 2, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Sherry, we are sorry to hear about your trees. We’d recommend reaching out to your local cooperative extension’s office to see what exactly is affecting your trees, and what they would suggest doing to remedy the bug.

      • Reply A Gadre October 4, 2017 at 9:06 am

        What is a “local cooperative extension office”?
        We live in Massachusetts and have something affect our tree.
        We too do not want to use chemicals if we can help it.

  • Reply Doug Sheredos September 29, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    How is Bald acypress on a list of top five evergreens? It is not evergreen. It is a deciduous conifer.

    • Reply Christine Hutfles October 3, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Hi Doug, you are right, this is a deciduous conifer. The Baldcypress is a bit of a wildcard on this list and offers fall color to those who want it. We included it because it is among our top selling trees.

  • Reply Elizabeth September 30, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Hi… I just purchased a peatree and have no idea how to plant or care for it. I cannot seem to find any info on line about this tree. It is about 5 ft tall and the branches droop toward the ground (its’ nature) I beleive it is an evergreen. I see a few around. Seems to be something relatively new to our area. Do you have any knowledge about this tree? If so, could you share it with me! Thank you for any help you can give!

    • Reply Christine Hutfles October 2, 2017 at 8:44 am

      Hi Elizabeth, we are not familiar with this tree, we apologize. We suggest reaching out to the nursery you purchased the tree from for more specific information. For information about planting and care for trees and shrubs, feel free to visit this link: https://www.arborday.org/trees/planting/

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