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Evergreens

Arborvitae - Thuga

This versatile evergreen is often used to screen areas where space is an issue. Different varieties will give you a choice of textures and shapes. Please be careful of deer damage. Look to “Green Giant” for a deer resistant variety.
Medium to fast growth rate.

Common varieties to the North East

  • Dark American/ Thuga occidentalis ‘Dark American’
  • Emerald Green/ Thuga occidentalis ‘Emerald Green’
  • Green Giant/ Thuga plicata ‘Green Giant’
  • Elegantissima/ Thuga occidentalis ‘Elegantissima’

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Cedar, Blue Atlas - Cedrus atlantica

The Blue Atlas Cedar has a place in the landscape as a unique specimen with its bluish foliage and its open and airy growth habit. Also worth looking into for a specimen is the cedars weeping form, “Weeping Blue Atlas”

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Cedar, Eastern Red - Juniperus virginiana

The red cedar, although it is in the Juniper family, is widely designed into the landscape for seaside applications and natural woodland settings. Its hardiness makes the eastern red cedar a good choice for reclamation projects.

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Cypress, Leyland - Cupressocyparis leylandii

As the Leyland Cypress has entered the plant field it has become a much sought after evergreen. The Leyland cypress has wonderful, soft, feathery foliage. It is widely used as a screen as its growth rate is fast and takes sheering quite well. Can be adversely affected during cold winters.

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Hemlock - Tsuga canadensis

The Hemlocks versatility in creating hedge rows and windbreaks has been an old reliable. Its tolerance to heavy sheering makes hemlock a good choice for property borders. Be careful of city and dry conditions along with the insect wooly adelgid. Hemlocks also make a great stand alone specimen.

Common varieties to the North East

  • Canadian Hemlock/ Tsuga canadensis
  • Weeping Hemlock/ Tsuga canadensis ‘Sargentii’

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Pine, Austrian - Pinus nigra

Austrian Pine is most commonly seen along our highways as its tolerance for drought conditions and pollution lends this tree to be considered for its versatility. Austrian Pine is also salt tolerant making it a good choice for seaside landscapes.
Medium growth rate.

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Pine, Black - Pinus thunbergiana

Black pine is another tolerant pine to both seaside conditions and high pollution situations. It is readily used in shore stabilization projects and also has a unique bonsai growth habit.
Medium growth rate.

Common varieties to the North East

  • Japanese Black Pine/ Pinus thunbergiana
  • Thunderhead Pine (dwarf)/ Pinus thunbergiana ‘Thunderhead’

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Pine, White - Pinus strobus

White Pine is one of the most widely used, versatile evergreens in our area. The pine is a welcomed texture during the winter season with its soft needle and graceful bows. White Pine creates a wonderful screen with or without sheering. A wonderful cultivar that should be considered is “Fastigiata” with a narrow columnar habit.
Fast growth rate.

Common varieties to the North East

  • White Pine/ Pinus strobus
  • Fastigiata White Pine/ Pinus strobus ‘Fastigiata’

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Spruce, Colorado – Picea pungens

Colorado Spruce is a popular evergreen tree favored for its blue color. Colorado Spruce grow at a slow to medium growth rate to aprox. 60’ in Ht. Note the foliage color varies from green to bright blue

Common varieties to the North East

  • Colorado Blue Spruce/ Picea pungens ‘Glauca’
  • Fat Albert/ Picea pungens ‘Fat Albert’
  • Bakeri/ Picea pungens ‘Bakeri’

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Spruce, Norway - Picea abies

The majestic Norway Spruce with its weeping branching habit creates a wonderful wind break. The Norway spruce also makes a wonderful specimen in a large area.

Common varieties to the North East

  • Norway Spruce/ Picea abies
  • Weeping Norway Spruce/ Picea abies nidiformis

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Spruce, White - Abies glauca

White Spruce will make a nice addition to a large property as a standalone specimen.
Medium growth rate.

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