Evergreens that top out around 20-25'?

dechoNovember 1, 2013


I'm in the process of landscaping my yard, and trying to decide which trees to use. I'm limited in size due to the lot layout and neighboring houses. I'm planning on using a Xylosma Congestum in tree form in one corner, and have spaces for two slightly larger trees in the other corners. I've wanted to go with the Saratoga Bay Laurel, but worry about it becoming too large. Characteristics I'm going for are evergreen, no fruit, little flowering/bee attraction. If anyone has any good suggestions I'd really appreciate it!

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Perhaps Spartan Juniper might fit the bill? Relatively narrow, drought-resistant, nice color, and no serious pest. They appear to slow down somewhere around 15-20 feet tall.

What USDA hardiness zone are you located in?

This post was edited by thapranksta on Fri, Nov 1, 13 at 16:39

    Bookmark   November 1, 2013 at 4:34PM
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Thanks for the suggestion. I forgot to mention that I'm looking for a tree with a wider canopy, though. Hopefully enough to stretch out and shade a walkway and part of my patio. Something like 15' wide and 25' tall would be ideal

    Bookmark   November 1, 2013 at 5:01PM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

Are broadleaf evergreens a possibility? I thought I read of several imported evergreen oaks.

Just thinking outloud...Your size request sounds like some of the crepe myrtles I can grow but they are not evergreen. For single trunk and that size there are the largest of the japanese maples and some paperbark maples....

Holly acceptable? The Ilex family comes in different sizes. Most are pyramidal or so but I have seen some in limited light grown into a half vase shape.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2013 at 7:00PM
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Try the Japanese pines, especially the variety Pinus densiflora 'Umbraculifera' aka the Tanyosho pine. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=b441

Many of the Japanese species have dwarf or umbrella variations.

Also, the Bristlecone pines and Pinyon pines will stay about 20 feet.

There are some Cyprus species that will form a more spreading tree than the familiar Italian Cyprus. There are varieties that will not exceed your limits.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2013 at 9:05PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

The only thing that has a fixed maximum height is bamboo. Nothing else "tops out".

    Bookmark   November 1, 2013 at 10:08PM
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I also thought about hollies toronado3800. I didn't recommend them because I forgot that male hollies actually produce no fruit. I can't speak on exactly how much bees and insects will be attracted to the flowers of the male plants. However, I have some female hollies (not sure of variety) in the front of my yard and when they flower, the bees CANNOT resist them.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 9:23AM
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