These Are The Best Evergreen Trees For Tennessee Yards

Fall weather is quickly approaching, and soon the deciduous trees will shed their leaves for the year. All those bare plants can leave you hankering for some greenery. Many homeowners like adding evergreen trees and shrubs to their yards so they can scratch that itch all year round. If you’re thinking of adopting an evergreen plant for your yard, here are a few that do well here in Tennessee.

Evergreen Trees That Do Well In Tennessee

Deodar Cedar

Native to the Himalayas, this tree’s name comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “timber of the gods.” It’s perfectly suited for the hardiness zones found here in Tennessee, and you should expect it to reach heights of 40 – 70 feet and 20 – 40 feet of spread once it reaches maturity. Deodar cedars grow decently fast at about 13 – 24 inches per year. You should make sure to put this tree in a place where it will get full sun all day – six hours at minimum. When it comes to soil, Deodar cedars can make do with several conditions, including acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained, and clay soils. It has some tolerance to drought, but if the weather becomes drier in the summer, you should help it out and give it some extra water. If you like birds, you’re in luck. arizona cypress Deodars are excellent nesting trees for birds, particularly woodpeckers. They also serve as good windscreens and will develop graceful branches as they grow. Their color is absolutely gorgeous and can be bluish-green or even silvery. Aside from the beautiful boughs, cedars have the bonus of being a natural pest deterrent, thanks to the fragrance they produce.

Arizona Cypress

As you might have guessed from the name, Arizona Cypress is native to the southwestern states of the US. It reaches between 40 and 50 feet in height and 25 – 30 feet wide at maturity. Like the Deodar cedar, it grows at a medium pace of 13 – 24 inches per year. It needs 6 hours of unfiltered sun per day and enjoys acidic, alkaline, loamy, sandy, or well-drained soils. It can tolerate some dry spells but prefers to have moist, but not soggy, earth. The bark of this tree is a lovely dark red-brown and works well for both windbreaks and erosion control if that’s something your yard struggles with. The needles of this particular species are known for being soft and aromatic.

Shore Juniper

Some common cultivars for this favorite juniper include Blue Pacific, Emerald Sea, Silver Mist, and Sunsplash. Unlike the other evergreens in this article, shore junipers only grow about a foot high, but what they lack in height, they make up for in spread – about six to eight feet of it. As such, many homeowners use this as a ground cover. Shore juniper will be alright in partial shade, but try to give it full sun if you can. It’s also fairly tolerant of air pollution and drought, good for urban or suburban homes. If your yard has slopes, this is an excellent plant to help with erosion control, retaining walls, and rock gardens. Shore junipers are one of the lowest maintenance evergreens. Once established, they really only need pruning around the edges once a year. While it prefers dry soils, consider surrounding the base with mulch to help maintain a balanced moisture level. They are less likely to damage over the winter, but keep an eye on them if we experience a stormy spring. 4-EverGreen provides tree services to the Jackson area, so if you suspect your evergreen is getting an overabundance of moisture, let us know!

Norway Spruce

If you’re looking to get a tall tree quickly, consider the Norway spruce. It is the fastest-growing spruce and will grow between 13 and 24 + inches a year. Like most evergreens, it likes lots of direct sun and does well in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained, or clay soils. It has some drought tolerance. It reaches medium to tall heights, depending on how you trim it. 40 – 60 feet is the average height, and 25 – 30 is the average spread. As you probably surmised, Norway spruces originated in Europe, but interestingly, not Norway. It actually originated from Eurasia and the Black Forest region of Germany. It wasn’t found in Norway until 500 B.C.E. Songbirds love this tree, so if you’re looking for some fairy tale charm to add to your yard, you might want to consider a Norway spruce.

Eastern White Pinenorway spruce trees

Likely the tallest of the evergreens we’ve discussed today, eastern white pines reach heights of 50 – 80 feet and can be a whopping 40 feet in spread upon reaching maturity. It likes either full sun or partial shade and acidic, moist, well-drained, or dry soils. Like all the evergreens we’ve suggested, it has some drought tolerance, but don’t let it go too long without a good watering. Eastern white pines are known for their long and slender needles that can reach up to 5″ in length. These trees are sensitive to soil compaction, so make sure to have your yard aerated at least once a year. They naturally grow in a pyramidal shape and are beloved by many birds and other critters. The bark is susceptible to damage by rabbits and mice, who may use it as a food source.

Littleleaf Boxwood

This lovely little shrub is perfectly suited for Tennessee’s climate and produces dense, oval-shaped leaves that are evergreen all year round. Many people like to trim these delightful shrubs into round balls, perfectly square walls, cones, or even spirals. If you’re not sure how to get started pruning, we can help! They’re suitable for both in-ground planting and growing in containers if space is limited in your yard. You can have them as stand-alone plants for a bit of decoration or grown together to form a living fence. Littleleaf boxwoods prefer moist, cool, well-drained soil. The roots tend to be shallow, so you should mulch around the base to make sure that it retains enough moisture.  Once it establishes in your garden, boxwood has a decent drought tolerance. It will need full sun and prunes well, which is why it’s so easy to shape it in whimsical ways. It’s also resistant to rabbit and deer damage. In spring, you’ll enjoy small white flowers that produce a brief but pleasant fragrance.

Find Landscaping Services Near Jackson, TN

Whichever type of evergreen you decide to welcome to your garden, the experts at 4-EverGreen Lawn Care will make sure you enjoy it for many years to come. We are a full-service lawn care and landscaping company serving the Jackson area. Our tree and shrub care program is designed to deliver all the things your ornamental plants need to succeed, from deep-root fertilization to pest control measures. Curious to know more? Give us a call, or you can request a quote online here. We’re happy to answer your questions, address your concerns, and schedule an appointment when you’re ready to do so. You can reach us at the following:

Ridgely: 731-264-0088
Jackson: 731-736-4201
Spanish Fort: 731-497-6001

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