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Evergreen trees get their name from the fact that they stay green throughout the year and don’t lose their leaves (or needles) like deciduous trees do in the fall. They are usually associated with towering pines and spruces that stand up against the backdrop of mountains and waterfalls. There are some varietals, however, that aren’t as tall and overwhelming as other firs, pines, and cypress and look fantastic as ornamental additions to the yard. Some even grow well in planters or, if you prefer, in a container garden. If you’d like to have evergreens in your yard that don’t impede your (or your neighbors’) view, look for some of these evergreen trees that don’t grow too tall. Here are five different evergreen trees to get you started.

1. Dwarf Conifers

Dwarf conifers rarely grow more than six feet tall—and they’re slow-growing at that. You can expect that these trees will take around 10 years to reach their peak height, and when clustered together, they look great surrounded by a series of other small bushes and plants, especially those that flower brightly in the spring. For that matter, dwarf conifers actually span the spectrum of colors—adding a lovely palette to the yard. They can be a traditional hearty green, a cool blue, or even yellow. They generally have a pyramid shape to them and are tall and thin, adding some interesting shapes and visual contrast to your yard design.

A popular version of a dwarf conifer is a dwarf blue spruce, which does well in Hardiness Zones 2 through 8. The lovely bluish evergreen will definitely add a spark of interest to your yard.

2. Mops Mugo Pine Tree

Pinus mugo ‘Mops’ is well suited for even the smallest garden spaces. It is a great small evergreen conifer that keeps its green color year-round. It is popular among the dwarf conifers and is sometimes also called a dwarf mountain pine.

The Mops mugo pine is a small conifer that will generally grow somewhere between three and five feet tall. It is a bit squatty and has short branches. Although it is a tree, it can be used more like a bush if you’re looking for something to fill out the grounds. It can survive in most types of soil and is a great choice if you’re looking for an evergreen that doesn’t grow too tall. They are perfect for landscape design, including your yard, a rock garden, a large planter box, or otherwise. The Mops mugo pine grows best in Zones 3 to 7 and prefers a bit of shade, as opposed to full sun. They are quite hearty and can survive an intense winter season.

3. The Blues Weeping Colorado Spruce Tree

The Blues weeping Colorado spruce, Picea pungens ‘The Blues’, is a great small evergreen to add to your garden space. Its blue-silver color works well up the walkway in the front, in various locations around the house, or in the backyard. This evergreen can grow up to 10 feet tall and grows quite quickly. If you put it in a container, you can restrict its growth potential and keep it on the smaller side.

The branches of this evergreen droop a bit and give it a relatively compact look. No two trees will look the same, as each tree has a unique growth pattern and its own process of growing. It is, however, receptive to training if you have a certain growth pattern or aesthetic in mind. This tree does well in moist soil that gets lots of sunlight. It does well in harsh winter weather but grows best in Zones 2 through 8.

4. Dwarf Serbian Spruce Tree

From the Serbian spruce, Picea omorika ‘Nana’, the dwarf version, makes a lovely addition to a smaller or larger yard. This cultivar only increases in size by about three or four inches each year and is considered to be a slow-growing and compact tree. The needles that comprise this tree are a verdant green and are compact in their reach. Don’t expect this tree to get much taller than your average human being; it will only grow about five feet tall. There is very little maintenance required for this varietal. No pruning is required at all to assist in shaping it.

5. Dwarf Japanese Cedar

Often called by its colloquial name, the Japanese cedar, or Cryptomeria japonica, this gorgeous evergreen comes in two sizes: dwarf and massive. If you’re looking for a cultivar that will flourish in your yard and bring bright green coniferous needles out for display, then look no further than this varietal. Just be very aware of which you are purchasing from your local nursery: a standard Japanese cedar or the dwarf. If you’re looking for an evergreen that doesn’t grow too tall, make sure that you’ve ordered or are buying a dwarf Japanese cedar, as the standard will most certainly overpower any of the landscaping around which it’s planted. They are very common throughout the United States, as they are widely grown within the country.

The dwarf Japanese cedar is mostly planted for its ornamental aesthetic. It also keeps its needles all year. A perk of this tree is that it does change colors; you will get to experience its spring and summer bluish-green and then witness it change to bronze for the fall and winter seasons. They grow quite quickly and are generally quite tolerant of different weather and climate zones. That said, they are a varietal that needs a little special care when they’re being planted. This will prevent certain health issues, like stress, dehydration, and root rot, to which they’re susceptible.

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