10 Favorite Evergreens for Mixed Screen Planting

Japanese Umbrella PinePinus flexilisChamaecyparis pisiferaPicea pungenspicea orientalis 'skylands'Chamaecyparis nootkatensis

When space permits, we like to screen views with a mixed evergreen planting, rather than a boring arborvitae hedge. Here’s a list of favorite evergreen trees in more compact sizes. All prefer full sun and grow 10’-20’ unless otherwise noted.

  1. Abies koreana – Korean Fir
  2. Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’ – Weeping Alaskan Falsecypress – elegant upright leader with weeping branches; tolerates some light shade
  3. Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Filicoides’ &  taller C. pisifera cultivars – unusual, thread-like foliage texture in green and gold
  4. Pinus flexilis ‘Vanderwulf’s Pyramid’ – Limber Pine – Soft, airy texture to the white-ribbed needles.
  5. Pinus cembra ‘Glauca’ – Swiss Stone Pine
  6. Picea orientalis ‘Skylands’ – Oriental Spruce – Sexy! Gold needles and purple new cones.
  7. Picea pungens ‘Montgomery’ – Blue Spruce – Classic blue color in a compact size
  8. Picea abies ‘Acrocona’ – Dwarf Norway spruce
  9. Sciadopitys verticillata – Umbrella Pine – thick, shiny needles, grows slowly to 30’
  10. Thuja (arborvitae) – Still has its place. Good for filling in space inexpensively while other plants grow in; remove when others reach mature size.

Need more ideas? Missouri Botanic Garden’s Plant Finder is a great resource for researching plants or developing a plant list based on specific criteria (form, height, sun/shade, hardiness zone, etc.).