The Q&A Archives: When to plant evergreen trees

Question: I live in Charlotte NC. I was in your store over the weekend and noticed you had a large stock of evergreen trees, maybe spruce. I don't remember what they were exactly, but I want to plant two evergreen trees in my back yard that are completly in shade most of the day. If they receive any sun at all it is filtered. Can you recomend an evergreen to plant(also using it to for a bit of privacy) and what time of the year is best to plant it? Thanks

Answer: Spruce will need more sun than the site you describe so I'll recommend Canadian Hemlock. The Canadian Hemlock tree, Tsuga canadensis, is also called Eastern Hemlock or Hemlock spruce. This evergreen conifer is a fast-growing long-lived tree which unlike many trees grows well in shade. It may take 250 to 300 years to reach maturity and may live for 800 years or more. It has a graceful pyramidal form with foliage of spray-like appearance.

This stately tree is a very hardy specimen and is an easily transplanted conifer which grows well in a variety of soils. Shelter small plants from drying winds. They stand shearing and pruning well and are excellent as hedges. They are graceful and make great ornamental plantings.

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