Evergreen Conifers For Zone 10
The White Pine Tree
The White Pine tree is an oval-shaped evergreen that is very fast growing and can reach up to 80 feet in height when mature. It is also known as the Eastern White Pine, and they can easily live to be over 250 years old. The most common use for this magnificent White Pine is like a Christmas tree. The bluish-green needles of this tree are usually 2-5 inches long, extremely flexible and grow in bundles of five. As this tree matures, it loses its branches on the lower half of its trunk. In late spring to early summer, the White Pine blooms with delicate pink and yellow flowers. This tree also produces deep brown cones that can range from 6 to 8 inches long. The White Pine is the preferred nesting sites for such birds as the woodpeckers, doves, grackles, and chickadees. The pine seeds are now to attract wildlife from the Red Crossbill bird to the black bear. This hardy tree is very easy to transplant and is wind resistant. This makes the White Pine the perfect choice as a windscreen or privacy border, but it also looks just as elegant when it is standing alone.
The English Boxwood
The English Boxwood is a broadleaf evergreen shrub that at full maturity reaches a height of 2 to 3 feet. It is a very slow growing and is known for their tight, compact shape. They are known for their light-green, round leaves, and delicate branches. During the winter months, the foliage on the English Boxwood often takes on a bronze tone. The English Boxwood is the official shrub of the Hampton Palace Knot Garden in England and is featured in unique topiary designs with bold colored flowers surrounding them. These shrubs are incredibly adaptable and are deficient maintenance. Once established this shrub requires minimal watering, is naturally pest resistant and is deer resistant as well. Because they are very slow growing they maintain their shape without the need for regular clipping or pruning. This makes the English Boxwood the perfect choice for hedging and topiaries. This beautiful shrub is often used as a driveway border, bordering a landscape or to draw attention to statues and water features in a garden.