Living Christmas Trees

Long to watch this year's Christmas tree get bigger every year? Simply pick a variety of tree that's right for your climate, take good care of it during the holidays and plant it well, and it will grace your garden for decades to come.

Black hills spruce trees Image courtesy of Monrovia

'Black Hills' spruce. A slow-growing conifer with regal bearing, this spruce needs regular watering and in fact makes a great choice for wet areas in the landscape. Mature size: 20 to 25 ft. tall, 10 to 12 ft. wide, USDA Zones 2 to 8

blue pyramid cypress

'Blue Pyramid' cypress. This fast-growing conifer makes a beautiful specimen plant as well as a thick screen or windbreak. Once established, this plant is drought-tolerant. Mature size: 20 to 25 ft. high, 10 to 12 ft. wide, USDA Zones 6 to 9

Dwarf Alberta  Spruce

'Blue Wonder' dwarf Alberta spruce. A small conifer that's widely used in residential landscapes, the ubiquitous dwarf Alberta spruce forms a tight, medium-green cone. 'Blue Wonder' offers a lovely blue alternative that makes a good accent plant. Mature size: 6 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide, USDA Zones 2 to 8

Potted plants

'Baby Blue Sawara' cypress. Don't have any ground space for a living Christmas tree? Plant one in a container, like this slow-growing, fine-textured species of false cypress. Mature size: 6 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide, USDA Zones 4 to 8

birds like nesting in dense holly tree DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Holly. This broadleaf evergreen comes in hundreds of different forms, including variegated leaves and red, orange or yellow berries. Besides providing natural color to the winter landscape, the thorny shrubs also provide food and safe shelter for birds.

Castle Spire Blue Holly has Bright Red Berries Image courtesy of Monrovia

'Castle Spire' blue holly. This attractive pyramidal holly is equally good as a single specimen or as a privacy hedge. It needs moist soil and can even tolerate wet areas. Mature size: Reaches 8 to 12 ft. tall and 3 to 4 ft. wide, USDA Zones 5 to 7

Berri Magic Royalty Holly Used for Holiday Decor

'Berri Magic' holly. You're sure to get a good crop of berries in fall and winter with this duo, a combination of 'Blue Princess' planted with the 'Blue Prince' pollenizer. Mature size: 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide, USDA Zones 5 to 9

Silveray Korean Pine Forms Tall Dense Screen

'Silveray' Korean pine. A good choice when you don't have a lot of lateral room in the garden, this semi-dwarf version of Korean pine is among the cold-hardiest of pines but doesn't do well where summers are hot. Mature size: 30 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide, USDA Zones 4 to 9

Medora Juniper Used for Landscape Framing

'Medora' juniper. A narrow vertical accent for the garden, 'Medora' tolerates seacoast conditions as well as drought. Mature size: Slow growing 10 ft. tall and 2 to 3 ft. wide, USDA Zones 3 to 7

Bruns Picea Omorika Serbian Spruce Tree

'Bruns' Serbian spruce. A gorgeous specimen plant with a strong central leader, this spruce has glossy, dark blue-green needles with pronounced white lines on the undersides. Prefers moist, deep, well-drained soil in areas with low humidity. Mature size: 30 to 35 ft. tall, 8 to 10 ft. wide, USDA Zones 4 to 8

Blue Angel Japanese Pine has Silvery Blue Foliage

'Blue Angel' white pine. A dwarf, silvery-blue variety of white pine, 'Blue Angel' has a dense rounded form that displays the long needles beautifully. Give this plant moist, well-drained soil, though the species is adaptable to soil types. As a rule, white pines don't tolerate air pollution. Mature size: 7 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide, Zones 4 to 9

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