The Q&A Archives: Shade tree for front entrance

Question: I was wondering if you could suggest a tree or two with nice, vertical growth that can be planted close to the house with partial shade. I am thinking of arborvitae, dwarf alberta spruce or maybe a rhododendron. Any other ideas?

Answer: Some suggestions include False cypress (Chamaecyparis spp.) There are several narrow or pyramidal species and cultivars; Leyland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii),tall and narrow; fast growing; Foster holly (Ilex x attenuata 'Fosteri'); Nellie Stevens holly (Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens'); American holly (Ilex opaca); Chinese juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Torulosa') has narrow, twisted branches; Rocky Mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) 'Mountbatten' or 'Skyrocket'; Red cedar (Juniperus virginiana 'Glauca') with silver-blue foliage; Hasse magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora 'Hasse'); Dwarf southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem') is the smallest magnolia and produces beautiful flowers; Sweet bay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana); Japanese red pine (Pinus densiflora 'Umbraculifera') is a dwarf, umbrella-shaped tree; Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus 'Fastigiata') is an upright tree; Virginia pine (Pinus virginiana), or Arborvitae (Thuja spp.) with narrow, upright growth habit.

Hope one of these is just right for your garden.

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