These include the Cypresses and Cedars. They are very popular for many uses in the landscape design, shelterbelt plantings, and just to add some character around the house and garden.
The Leyland and Italian Cypresses, Western Red Cedar, Arbor-Vitae, Port Orford Cedar, and Incense Cedar all can be used as windbreaks and privacy screens, or as stand alone specimens. The drawback is that the cold tolerance of most of these limits where they should be planted.
The Leyland and Italian Cypresses are not strongly cold tolerant, similar to the redwood, but these can tolerant very hot and dry conditions. These are more cold tolerant of short cold snaps, as low as single digits, but they prefer warmer climates from zone 6 to zone 10.
The Port Orford Cedar and Incense Cedar are medium in cold tolerance and moisture preferences. They can tolerate temperatures below zero degrees for short periods, and periods of summer drought. Zone 6, and maybe into Zone 5.
The best choice for dense evergreen screens are the Western Red Cedar and Arbor-Vitae. These are closely related, and can withstand the coldest of temperatures, down to Plant Zones 3 and 5, and up to zones 8 for the Western Red, and zone 10 for the Arbor Vitae. They do like being moist, especially during the summer.
Arbor Vitae - Hardy, gets up to 30 feet tall, and can be planted from Zones 3 to 10. They like half shade to
full sun, with medium-fast growth. They are popular as screens or
as specimens, but great for privacy screens and windbreaks!
And how about blue color? The Colorado Blue Spruce is highly desired, but being slow-growers, and availability in larger sizes being rather spendy, there are a few columnar Junipers that can work here as well. Arizona Cypress can offer another fairly fast growing blue evergreen, but they are limited to the warmer zones, and we dont grow them anyways...
The Junipers -
Need an Evergreen for those hot dry locations?
Consider these for -
Good for Hot and Dry Climates,
Good for Cold and Dry Climates, and,
Grow in almost all soils (poor, acidic, alkaline, rocky, sandy, etc.)
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