The Q&A Archives: Dwarf Evergreen Trees

Question: Do you have any suggestions for a slow growing, dwarf evergreen tree (fir or pine) that fares well in Los Angeles, CA such as the Korean compact fir (abies koreana)? We are looking for an outdoor Christmas tree for our complex.

Answer: My first suggestion is Picea glauca 'Conica', the dwarf Alberta spruce. It grows slowly, eventually reaching 6-8' in height and 4-5' in width. It grows into a perfect Christmas tree shape, and the gray-green needles are soft to the touch. Another suggestion - Picea abies 'Pendula', the weeping Norway spruce. It's a slow-growing evergreen with that typical Christmas tree look. The pendulous branches make it attractive all year around. Abies koreanna, the Korean fir is a compact, slow-growing tree. 'Aurea' has gold-green foliage and 'Horstman's Silberlocke' produces green needles with silvery undersides. The needles turn upward, exposing the silvery color beneath. Any of the above described trees would be suitable as a living Christmas tree in front of your building.

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