Dwarf Evergreen Tree With Umbrella Shape - Knowledgebase Question

san diego, ca
Question by trailn
February 13, 2006
I am looking for an evergreen tree that will not grow over 10 feet and has an umbrella shape. I do not want the roots to be invasive or above ground. Tree will get only couple hours of sunshine per day. I live in southern california.
Also, do you know of a way to keep rabbits from eating our grass? Thanks!

Answer from NGA
February 13, 2006


Most evergreens with umbrella shapes will grow much larger than 10' so you may want to consider growing a shrub such as a viburnum and training it into a tree shape instead. Of those evergreen trees with umbrella shapes, these are the smallest:

Dwarf southern magnolia Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' -- smallest; slow growing; Sweet bay magnolia Magnolia virginiana Tolerates wet soil; Japanese red pine Pinus densiflora 'Umbraculifera' -- dwarf, umbrella-shaped.

It's nearly impossible to keep rabbits from eating your grass, unless, of course you fence your yard. Wish I had better news for you!

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