Evergreen trees are an ideal addition to any landscape, no matter where you live. Evergreens come in a staggering variety of shapes and sizes, most of which are quite hardy and tolerant of weather changes. Here are some of the most popular types.
Spruce Pine Trees
Spruces come in colors ranging from bright green to blue to almost black. The needles are usually dense and range from thick and hard to soft and feathery. Depending on the variety, spruce pine trees can reach between 60 and 200 feet tall. They're highly tolerant of cold conditions, making them ideal for northern regions. They do not like wet or silty soils. These evergreen trees require full to partial sun and are suited to USDA zones three to seven.
White Pine Trees are another evergreen favorite
White pine trees tend to get very tall, but they're one of the most versatile and attractive species available. The needles are long, thin and numerous, giving the tree a feather-like appearance. Their average mature height of 80 feet make them a good choice for filling in open spaces and creating shade cover for houses and gardens. Unlike some pines, these evergreens don't tolerate extended drought. Although white pines prefer full sun, they will also thrive in shaded areas. They are hardy in zones three through seven.
Black Pine Trees
This variety of pine is named for the deep green color of its dense foliage. The structure and growth habits of black pine trees makes them ideal bonsai candidates. In fact, larger versions of bonsai-like black pines are popular features in many Asian-themed gardens and landscapes. The generally reach a mature size of 20 to 80 feet tall, but there are many smaller varieties available. These trees like their soil on the damp side, but be careful not to over-water them since it may cause undesired growth. For black pines, more sun is better. They will thrive in zones five through eight.