Evergreen for Zone 5 - Knowledgebase Question

Aurora, Il
Question by terrispratt
March 16, 2009
Hi, I'm looking for an evergreen in zone 5 that is no more than 4-5 feet tall and no more than 3 feet wide. I need it to have branches that are not tight together as it will be used for shelter for birds near bird feeders when hawks are hunting them. If possible I would like it to not need trimming. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Answer from NGA
March 16, 2009


One plant that deserves consideration is Dwarf Alberta spruce (Picea glauca var. Albertiana 'Conica'). It is a dwarf cultivar of the Alberta White spruce, which is prized for its compact pyramidal growth habit, and tiny half-inch needles which are densely packed on its branches. It is also a very slow grower, only two to four inches per year. The branches are spread at equal distances which makes it a perfect hideaway for your birds. Hope it works for you!

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