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short narrow evergreen tree?

Posted by lpinkmountain 5b/6a border PA (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 17, 03 at 11:31

Maybe what I'm looking for doesn't exist, but I need a compact evergreen TREE that doesn't get too tall (15 feet MAXIMUM) or else is very slow growing, but that doesn't get too wide (6 feet). I am looking for something to plant under the power line to my house to add some privacy. I would prefer no arborvitae or juniper. I've heard of dwarf red pine but am not familiar with it. I've also seen this Vander-something Limber or maybe it's Swiss pine that the tag says is "slow growing" but again, I'm not familiar with it. I am familiar with mugo pine, but think of them as being wide, but perhaps they can be pruned or have a columnar cultivar. Am totally unfamiliar with cypress trees since I am new to this zone, (border of zone 6). Please advise. Am also posting on "Conifers" board.

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RE: short narrow evergreen tree?

If you want something under 15 feet, you should be looking for shrubs, not trees.

Too bad you don't want juniper, as they form the bulk of th short evergreens. How about Holly, Yew, boxwood?

RE: short narrow evergreen tree?

Yes everyone around my urban neighborhood utilizes the hollies, yews and boxwoods for all their wonderful compact evergreen qualities. I just am not a fan of these plants, can't seem to develop a relationship with them. I may well plant a juniper for some height next to a dwarf pine or spruce for the needles I so love.

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