type of tree to plant - Knowledgebase Question

Spanaway, Wa
Question by ChristinaA9
October 31, 2009
I am looking for a VERY, SLOW growing evergreen tree to plant in my front yard. i want the look of a christmas tree. my friend suggested a blue spruce, but they are VERY sharp and prickly, and i didn't think they were particularly slow growing--any suggestions. My personal favorite is a grand fir, but alas, I know that will grow very large, very quickly. I live in spanaway, WA.


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Answer from NGA
October 31, 2009

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I'm familiar with a few dwarf, compact conifers. Perhaps one of these will work for you: Abies koreana 'Freudenberg' ? A slow growing, tidy Korean Fir, well suited for a container or small urban yard. Pinus cembra 'Blue Mound' ? This small 5-needle Swiss Stone Pine, upright and silver-blue, appears well-groomed without being fussy. A great rock-garden or courtyard tree. 2 feet tall at 6 years. Others to consider include Sequoiadendron giganteum ?Blauer Eichzwerg?, Pinus longeava 'Sherwood Compact', Picea abies 'Acrocona', and Picea jezoensis ?Chitosemaro?. All are very slow growing and I think they have that Christmas tree look. Hope this information helps!

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