For the purpose of this list, I shall define trees as woody plants that are single- or multi-branching with a canopy higher off the ground than shrubs. Plants that take a tree form can be a multitude of heights, but this list is for smaller trees up to about 25′-30′. Because I generally work with smaller lot situations, this list may include some taller trees that are quite slender in comparison to their height. In smaller lot situations, height is not generally as critical as width. For larger trees, see the list called Larger Trees & Shrubs.

And evergreen means they will retain their leaves or needles for more than one full calendar year. Each leaf/needle won’t last for eternity. Each plant is genetically programed differently, still, evergreen plants will appear to be green or bluish or yellowish or whatever color their leaves are, year-round.

You’ll notice there is not a list of trees for SHADIER situations. There simply aren’t many evergreen trees under 30′ or that are not actually a shrub. You’ll see the larger trees on that other list.

For SUNNIER Situations

Botanical Name Common Name Attributes*
Abies koreana 'Silberlocke' Silberlocke Korean Fir E,Ft
Abies lasiocarpa Sub-alpine Fir E,N,Ft
Abies pinsapo glauca Horstmann's Spanish Fir E,Ft
Arbutus unedo 'Compacta' Compact Strawberry Tree E,F,Ft
Calocedrus decurrens Incense Cedar E,Ft
Cedrus atlantica 'Horstmann' Horstmann's Blue Atlas Cedar E,Ft
Cedrus deodara 'Aurea' Golden Deodar Cedar E,Ft
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis Alaskan Weeping Cedar E,Ft
Cupressus glabra 'Raywood's Weeping' Raywood's Weeping Cypress E,Ft
Ilex vomitoria 'Pendula' Weeping Yaupon Holly E,Fg,Ft
Picea abies 'Cupressina' Cupressina Norway Spruce E,Ft
Picea abies 'Rubra Spicata' Red Tipped Norway Spruce E,Ft
Picea glauca pendula Weeping White Spruce E,Ft
Picea mariana 'Aureovariegata' Variegated Black Spruce E,Ft
Picea orientalis 'Skylands' Skylands Oriental Spruce E,Ft
Picea pungens 'Baby Blue Eyes' Baby Blue Eyes Colo. Blue Spruce E,Ft
Picea pungens 'Bakeri' Baker's Colorado Blue Spruce E,Ft
Picea pungens 'Fat Albert' Fat Albert Colorado Blue Spruce E,Ft
Picea pungens 'Hoopsii' Hoop's Colorado Blue Spruce E,Ft
Pinus densiflora 'Umbraculifera' Japanese Red Pine E,Ft
Pinus flexilis 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid' Vanderwolf's Pyramid Limber Pine E,Ft
Pinus nigra 'Arnold's Sentinel' Arnold's Sentinel Austrian Black Pine E,Ft
Tsuga mertensiana Mountain Hemlock E,N,Ft
*Attribute Codes: D=Deciduous; E=Evergreen; S=Semi-evergreen; N=Native; B=Bulb; F=Flowers; Fg=Fragrance; Ft=Fruit

For information on understanding and using these plant lists see The Guide.

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