slow growing evergreen tree - Knowledgebase Question

San Jose, Ca
Question by lmpf_6
October 28, 2005
I'm looking for a slow growing evergreen that will give shade to my home. I live in a two story home and get full sun ALL DAY. Would like a tree that doesn't overpower the height of my home or just cover it up. But would like to have shade at my front door and would like a nice CLEAN evergreen tree. Any suggestions??? I was thinking of a japanese maple, but those do best in shade, right??

Answer from NGA
October 28, 2005


Japanese maples are deciduous trees and they do prefer shade from hot afternoon sun. I'd avoid planting them and plant one of the following evergreen trees instead:

Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera) grows 15-20 ft. x 15-20 ft.; Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii), 20 - 25 ft., has a sculptural form, is slow growing; or an ornamental olive tree.

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