Q. What narrow evergreen trees would you suggest for planting near a house
I would like to plant an evergreen specimen tree in a bedding area about 10 ft. from my house. Would an Alaskan Weeping Cedar work? Or do you have other recommendations?
A.There are a number of great narrow evergreen trees that you can plant near a house. First of all, know that wherever a trees crown reaches (the leaves and branches), thats where you can expect the roots to grow to. You should also plan into the future. If this house is your forever house, take into account the mature size of the tree and site the plant accordingly. When it comes to evergreens, there is a small palette of broadleaf evergreens and a some conifers that stay narrow.
With conifers, several of our favourites include Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, or Weeping Alaskan Cedar as well as Picea omorika 'Bruns' or Bruns Serbian Spruce. Other selections are Leyland Cypress and Skyrocket Junipers
There are also a number of attractive hedging plants that stay narrow. Emerald or Smargd Cedars and Fastigiata or Irish Yew are two very popular options.
Another possible options is Italian Cypress, but they are not very hardy in our climate, so plan on loosing it if the winter is harsh.
With Broadleaves, Portuguese Laurels are nice, as are many types of Clumping Bamboos. A big part of the decision is the ultimate height you are after. Lots of shrubs can reach 10-12ft, but any taller and you are looking at a narrower selection.
Hope that helps with your decision making
Posted: 10/5/2017 12:00:00 AM
Location: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Tags: trees, narrow trees, evergreen trees, narrow evergreens, weeping alaskan cedar