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Consider Planting A Conifer In Your Yard

Conifers Recommended for Planting in the Landscape

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Hiking in Ponderosa Pine forest, Shuswap region, British Columbia, Canada.
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Pines to Plant:

White Pine - North and Northcentral States: Most horticulturists prefer this pine as a yard tree in its native range. Michigan and Maine state tree. See - Identifying White Pine

Loblolly Pine - Southern States: Most adaptable and common pine in the Southern U.S. The most preferred southern yard pine. Arkansas state tree. See - Identifying Loblolly Pine

Ponderosa Pine - Western States: Most common and widely distributed pine in western North America and state tree of Montana. See - Identifying Ponderosa Pine

Firs to Plant:

Balsam Fir - Upper Eastern United States: Horticulturists prefer this fir as a yard tree to most others. Range is Canada through the mid-latitudes of the United States. See - Identifying Balsam Fir

White Fir - Western United States: Best choice western fir for yard tree. Very site tolerant and range is zones 3 to 7 in the Western United States. See - Identifying White Fir

True firs are sensitive to extremes in soil and climate. Although they make beautiful the landscape, they are noted for sluggish performance except on the most perfect sites.

Spruce to Plant:

Colorado Blue Spruce - Western and Northern United States: Horticulturists recommend this spruce for planting as a yard tree over most others. It grows quite well throughout the Northern United States. See - Identifying Blue Spruce

Northern White Cedar:

Arborvitae - Most of the United States is a slow growing native North American boreal tree. Arborvitae is its cultivated name and is the most commonly planted tree in yards throughout the United States. The tree is identified primarily by unique flat and filigree sprays made up of tiny, scaly leaves. The tree loves limestone areas and can take full sun to light shade. See - Identifying Northern White Cedar

 

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