The Q&A Archives: Fast growing evergreen tree

Question: I would like to find out the names of a few different fast growing evergreen trees that would do well in our area. We live in southern Idaho along the Snake River. I am interested in Junipers,
Pines and Spruce (as long as they are not too blue in color). We have 5 acres of native plants which include big basin sage and bitterbrush. I would like trees that grow fast but are more scrubby looking and not super tall when full grown (maybe not more than 30 ft tall?) Our aip code is 83316. Thank you, Carrie

Answer: The most commonly planted evergreens in your area are Douglas-fir, Grand fir, White fir, Eastern red cedar, Western red cedar, Northern white cedar, Ponderosa pine, Scots pine, Austrian pine, Western white pine, Rocky Mountain juniper, Alberta spruce, Norway spruce, Colorado blue spruce, and Englemann spruce. The firs and cedars may grow too tall for your landscape, but the pines and spruces should maintain a decent size. You can learn more about these trees by searching the Monrovia website or by looking through the Sunset Western Garden Book (available at most libraries as well as most garden centers).

Best wishes with your landscape!

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