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Top 5 Best Selling Evergreens
Evergreens are shrubs and trees that only lose their leaves a few at a time, unlike deciduous trees which drop all of their leaves at once, usually in the winter or during a drought. Because of this, evergreens are often used as windbreaks, privacy hedges, and plants that give interest in a winter garden. Here are five best selling evergreens:
Cedar Trees: Cedrus Genus
True cedars belong to the Cedrus genus and have flat, scaly leaves that are arranged in fans. Their leaves give off a pleasant smell when they are crushed. Though cedar trees are planted extensively around North America for their beauty, they originate in the Mediterranean and the Himalayas. Cedar trees can grow from 20 to 150 feet tall.
White Pine trees: Pinus Strobus, Pinus Monticola
There are two major types of white pine trees. One is the eastern white pine or Pinus Strobus, and the other is the western white pine or Pinus Monticola. Both are prized for both their beauty and timber. They are fast growing trees that are also used as ornamentals, and groves of these trees are known for whispering in the wind. The eastern white pine can grow to 150 feet tall. The western white pine can grow to over 200 feet tall.
Ponderosa Pine Trees: Pinus Ponderosa
Ponderosa pine trees are huge trees famous in the mountains and mesas of the western part of the United States. These trees can grow from 100 to 200 feet high and have healthy, pendulous branches.
Spruce Pine Trees: Pinus Glabra
Spruce pine trees are found mostly in the southern part of the country and thrive in areas of moist soil, high humidity, and warm climate. Spruce pines are also known for their soft, twisted needles, which are 1 1/2 to 3 inches long. Spruce pine trees can grow up to 100 feet in height.
Though many privet plants are deciduous, some species are evergreen. Evergreen privet plants are sought after because they make a year-round privacy hedge. Privets proliferate and in the spring bear frothy white or cream flowers that turn to blackberries in the fall.
Top Hedges For Privacy
Privacy hedge preferences depend upon your growing region and personal tastes. Fortunately, the high hedges for privacy are suited for a variety of flavors and growing climates.
Privet shrubs are fast growing, dense bushes that are often found in formal landscapes and topiary gardens where they are used because of their tolerance for shearing. Privet bushes have a wide range of varieties, and the species can be planted in Zone 5 through Zone 8 in a wide range of soil profiles. Since the shrub grows well in full to partial sun, the hedge can be built around an entire border area regardless of shifting sunlight. Varieties grow anywhere from 4 to 15 feet, with a healthy 4- to 8-foot spread.
Burning Bush Shrubs
Burning bush shrubs are hardy from Zone 4 through Zone 8. The plant's bright red and orange leaves and berries inspire its name. Though often grown as a specimen plant, burning bush works well as a shrub and privacy screen because it can handle pruning. The forest reaches heights of 15 feet, but the dwarf and compact varieties are smaller. This fast-growing bush flourishes in well-draining soils.
Pine trees are fast-growing, easy to maintain and capable of absorbing sounds of traffic. Hardy from Zone 3 to 8, pine trees are highly adaptable to a variety of climates and soil conditions. Depending on cultivar and species, pine trees can reach heights of 50 to 80 feet. They require little to no pruning and are attractive to wildlife, making them the perfect screen for a rustic space.
Cedar trees are warmth-loving plants that do well from Zone 6 through 8. The plant's feather-like needles and arching branches work well in romantic gardens. Reaching heights up to 60 feet, this slow-growing plant is well-suited for small spaces as its single, massive trunk can provide screening all by itself.