The Q&A Archives: Small to medium evergreen trees

Question: Other than the Alpine Fir, what evergreen trees do you recommend for Zone 5 that will stay under 35 feet at full maturity? I prefer a fir with medium to dark green needles, but must have something that stays small due to neighborhood covenants. The soil is clay, but can be amended to suit the needs of the trees.

Answer: Here are a few suggestions: Dwarf Alberta Spruce, grows 10'-?12' in height in 25 to 30 years; Hinoki Falsecypress 'Nana Gracilis' grows slowly to 10'?12' in height, has
glossy dark-green foliage arranged in curving sprays, and is one of the most popular dwarf conifers. Thuja occidentalis, Eastern or American arborvitae, grows
20' and 10' wide with dense, medium green foliage.

Abies koreana ?Hortsmann?s Silberlocke? 15' x 12' broadly conical. The needles curve upright exposing silvery undersides, has violet purple cones. Or, Abies lasiocarpa ?Glauca Compacta?, the Blue Dwarf Rocky Mountain fir - grows 15' x 9' broadly conical, with silver-blue foliage.

Pinus flexilis ?Vanderwolf?s Pyramid? grows 25' x 10', has a conical shape, is wind-tolerant; adaptable to dry soils; very flexible branches; blue-green needles about 2" on ascending branches.

Hope one of these suggestions appeals to you!

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