From pines and spruces to cypress, arborvitae, junipers and beyond, you have so many evergreen tree options to choose from. Evergreen trees tend to be easy to grow and low to no maintenance once they are established. They provide year-round interest too. There is truly an endless list of great evergreen trees for landscaping, but here are a few of my favorites. See additional options at the best place to buy plants.
Best Evergreen Trees for Landscaping:
Blue Point Juniper
Juniperus chinensis ‘Blue Point’
Growing Zones 4-9
Mature Size: 10 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide
The Blue Point Juniper is a small evergreen tree with a lovely upright, but loose habit. Its foliage is soft and blue-green. This tree is cold hardy, fast growing, drought tolerant, and deer resistant.
Blue Wonder Colorado Spruce
Picea pungens glauca ‘Deloras’
Growing Zones 3-7
Mature Size: 5 to 6 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide
This neat little tree is a dwarf of the Colorado Blue Spruce. It is adorable and looks just like its mom with pretty blue needles and a pyramidal shape. It is great in groups and perfect in pots. The Blue Wonder Spruce is extremely cold hardy, drought and salt tolerant, and deer resistant
Carolina Sapphire Cypress
Cupressus Arizonica var. glabra ‘Carolina Sapphire’
Growing Zones 6-9
Mature Size: 20 to 30 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide
The Carolina Sapphire Cypress is a fast growing tree. With fragrant silver blue foliage and a naturally pyramidal shape, this tree can’t be beat. It is drought and heat tolerant tree and resistant to deer damage.
Emerald Green Arborvitae
Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald Green’
Growing Zones 3-8
Mature Size: 10 to 15 feet tall and 4 feet wide
The Emerald Green Thuja is such a uniquely elegant evergreen tree. With dense emerald green foliage, loose layers of branches, and a shape that is somewhere between columnar and pyramidal, this tree is amazing for landscaping. It looks great anchoring the corners of your home, in privacy hedges, in groups, and as a focal tree.
Little Gem Magnolia
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’
Growing Zones 6-9
Mature Size: 20 to 25 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide
The Little Gem is a flowering evergreen tree that is a smaller version of the enormous Southern Magnolia. The large white flowers bloom from spring through summer. This tree is definitely a feature tree you want to show off in your front yard.
Ilex hybrid ‘Magland’
Growing Zone 6-9
Mature Size: 15 to 20 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide
This is such an interesting evergreen holly. The Oakland Holly is truly a beautiful and distinctive tree. The waxy green foliage looks like oak leaves. In late fall and winter it has attractive red berries. This tree looks great in a row with spacing between the trees to let each individual plant shine. You can, off course, plant them closer for privacy if you prefer.
These are our best evergreen trees for landscaping. They are all low maintenance and drought tolerant.