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A Guide to Evergreen Shrub Sizes

This is a guide to Evergreen shrubs that we carry. It is not all-inclusive and is subject to availability.

Note: The sizes listed for the shrubs are an estimate and vary depending on location of planting, soil conditions, pruning and fertilizing.

Revised 2014

Shrubs 3′ and under
    Hetz Midget Arborvitae
    3’X3’
    Shape: Globe
    Growth Rate: Slow

    Small globe-shaped evergreen with dark green foliage. Height of 3 to 4 feet. Excellent for formal gardens. Slow growing.
Hetz Midget Arborvitae

Hetz Midget Arborvitae

    Franky Boy Arborvitae
    3’X3’
    Shape: Rounded
    Growth Rate: Slow

    Golden chartreuse evergreen with thread-leaf branches and upright shape. Can easily be pruned to maintain a tight shape.
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    Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae
    2’X2’
    Shape: Globe
    Growth Rate: Slow

    Growth Rate: Slow growing with a naturally perfect globe shape. No pruning or trimming necessary. Ideal foundation or rock garden plant.
Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae

Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae

    Pleasant White Azalea
    2-3’ x 3’
    Shape: Rounded
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Produces a spectacular display of white flowers with creamy centers in mid to late spring amid glossy, dark green foliage. Ideal in mass plantings, as a garden accent or low border.
Pleasant White Azalea

Pleasant White Azalea

    Cranberry Creek Pyramidal Boxwood
    2-3’ x 2-3’
    Shape: Pyramidal
    Growth Rate: Slow to Medium

    Upright habit with tight very dark green foliage. Selected for its hardiness, compact growth and rich color.
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    Green Velvet Boxwood
    3′X3′
    Shape: Rounded
    Growth Rate: Slow

    Shape: Rounded, full-bodied shrub with small, oval dark green leaves. Very hardy and nice for hedges.
Green Velvet Boxwood

Green Velvet Boxwood

    Wee Willy Boxwood
    2’ x 2’
    Shape: Rounded
    Growth Rate: Slow

    Neatly and densely arranged leaf pairs give it a unique, attractive appearance. Retains its emerald green color year round, even through the coldest winters. Makes an excellent topiary specimen or a maintenance free low hedge.
Wee Willy Boxwood

Wee Willy Boxwood

    Siberian Cypress
    12″ X 3′-4′
    Shape: Spreading
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Dwarf densely branched evergreen with low spreading form and foliage. Bright green summer color turning bronze in winter.
Siberian Cypress

Siberian Cypress

    Kosteri Hinoki Cypress
    3’ – 5’ T
    Shape: Rounded, Pyramidal
    Growth Rate: Slow

    Superior form, slow growth and shapely sprays of feathery, twisting foliage that cups gracefully downward. Maintains a compact rounded shape for several years before eventually developing a broad, but tidy, dense pyramid. Hints of bronze accent the soft, muted green branches, especially in winter.
Kosteri Hinoki Cypress

Kosteri Hinoki Cypress

    Cream Ball Sawara Cypress
    3’ x 3’
    Shape: Rounded
    Growth Rate: Slow

    Slow growing, globe-shaped evergreen with soft creamy yellow, almost white, foliage.
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    Emerald Gaiety Euonymous
    2-3’ x 4-5’
    Shape: Spreading
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Compact, spreading evergreen shrub bearing bright green leaves with white margins that are tinged pink in winter. Excellent as groundcover, hedge or accent plant. Will climb if planted next to a structure.
Emerald Gaiety Euonymous

Emerald Gaiety Euonymous

    Moonshadow Euonymus
    3′X 5′
    Shape: Mounded
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Bright golden variegation edged with bright grass green, is outstanding. Useful for foundation, or groundcover.
Moonshadow Euonymus

Moonshadow Euonymus

    Goldthread “Mops” False Cypress
    3′TX3′W
    Shape: Mounded
    Growth Rate: Medium

    New growth is yellow. Grow in full sun for best yellow color. Creates a broad spreading mound.
Goldthread False Cypress

Goldthread False Cypress

    Blue Pacific Juniper
    18″X6′
    Shape: Low trailing
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Blue-green foliage makes for a great ground cover. Salt tolerant.
Blue Pacific Juniper

Blue Pacific Juniper

    Blue Rug Juniper
    6″-12″ X 4′-6′
    Shape: Low, Groundcover
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Very low trailing Juniper with intense silver-blue foliage. Good growth habit with full center. Excellent for large scale groundcover, bank plantings or cascading from walls.
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    Blue Star Juniper
    3′X4′
    Shape: Low, compact
    Growth Rate: Medium/Slow grow

    Foundation plant. Nice blue color. Also available as a standard.
Blue Star Juniper

Blue Star Juniper

    Daub’s Frosted Juniper
    2-4’
    Shape: Spreading
    Growth Rate: Fast

    An unusual bright two color effect produced by the new, light golden-yellow growth contrasting with the feathery, bluish-green mature foliage.
Daub's Frosted Juniper

Daub’s Frosted Juniper

    Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper
    1′ X 10′
    Shape: Matforming
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Blue-Green foliage, spreads as groundcover.
Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper

Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper

    Grey Owl Juniper
    3′ X 8′
    Shape: Spreading
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Compact, with a soft silvery-gray appearance.
Grey Owl Juniper

Grey Owl Juniper

    Icee Blue Juniper
    4” x 8’
    Shape: Spreading
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Best silver blue winter color of ground cover junipers. Maintains a full, dense crown of foliage creating a solid cover in a short time.
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    Mother Lode Juniper
    1’ x 4-6’
    Shape: Spreading
    Growth Rate: Slow to Medium

    A bright, golden yellow, holds its bright color all summer in full or partial sun. Fall brings a deep yellow-orange becoming tinged with plum by winter for all season attraction.
Mother Lode Juniper

Mother Lode Juniper

    Old Gold Juniper
    3’X5’
    Shape: Spreading
    Growth Rate: Medium to Fast

    One of the finest golden spreaders. Graceful, compact foliage has a lacy appearance. Excellent winter color makes this a colorful addition to any landscape.
Old Gold Juniper

Old Gold Juniper

    Sargent Juniper
    18-24” x 7-9’
    Shape: Spreading
    Growth Rate: Fast

    A nice groundcover juniper for providing an evergreen effect with very low maintenance. Rapid growth.
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    Sierra Spreader Juniper (Calgary Carpet)
    15”X4’
    Shape: Spreading
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Soft, green foliage and a low, spreading habit.
Sierra Spreader Juniper

Sierra Spreader Juniper

    Youngstown Juniper
    18” x 6’
    Shape: Spreading
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Dense branching and compact growing with a full center. Bright green summer foliage turns a rich bronze purple in winter.
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    Mops Mugo Pine
    2’ x 2’
    Shape: Mounded
    Growth Rate: Slow

    Grows into a low, dense dome that stays compact without shearing. Has a smooth appearance that comes from evenly spaced needles growing at a uniform rate on abundant branchlets. Most of the year it displays a hint of gray/blue in its green, but during winter the needles take on a warm, golden hue.
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    Slowmound Mugo Pine
    1’-2’
    Shape: Mounded
    Growth Rate: Slow

    The dense, dark green mound. Beautiful year-round, it produces many showy buds and matures to a wide, even shape that is naturally compact.
Slowmound Mugo Pine

Slowmound Mugo Pine

    Spreading Scotch Pine
    2-3’ x 8’
    Shape: Spreading
    Growth Rate: Medium

    This vigorous spreader is an excellent groundcover that spills over banks and rambles through garden beds. A blue cast adds interest to the thick, green needles.
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    Spreading Blue Spruce
    2-3’ x 10’
    Shape: Spreading
    Growth Rate: Slow

    Blue evergreen with a spreading growth habit that grows flat on the ground.
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    Birds Nest Spruce
    3′ X 3′
    Flattopped, mounded
    Growth Rate: Slow to Medium

    Dwarf type of Norway Spruce, excellent for rock gardens and low plantings. Make a dense spreading nest-like mound.
Birds Nest Spruce

Birds Nest Spruce

    Clanbrassiliana Norway Spruce
    3’ x 5’
    Shape: Upright, Broad
    Growth Rate: Slow

    This selection matures slowly into a beautiful compact, broadly pyramidal plant–ideal shape for a dwarf Christmas tree.
Clanbrassiliana Spruce
    Little Gem Dwarf Norway Spruce
    2’ x 2’
    Shape: Rounded
    Growth Rate: Slow

    Tiny needles and a dense habit make this tight, little bun a wonderful plant. It performs in a variety of garden situations where it resembles a green, living rock. (Also available on a standard)
Little Gem Dwarf Norway Spruce

Little Gem Dwarf Norway Spruce

    Motala Dwarf Norway Spruce
    2-3’ x 2-3’
    Shape: Globe Shaped
    Growth Rate: Slow

    Unique needle arrangement and color give this a distinctive look. Blunt-tipped needles radiate out and downward on short, stout, vertical branches. Minute, glaucous striations on needle tops complement the color with a silver-blue cast.
Motala Dwarf Norway Spruce

Motala Dwarf Norway Spruce

Shrubs 4′ to 8′
    Fire Chief Arborvitae
    3-5’ x 3-5’
    Shape: Globe, Mounded
    Growth Rate: Slow

    Soft, lacy foliage that is sage green with red tips. Shrub forms a perfect round ball that requires little or no pruning.
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    Rheingold Arborvitae
    4’ x 4’
    Shape: Globe, Mounded
    Growth Rate: Medium

    A compact, cone-shaped evergreen shrub with bright golden foliage that develops into coppery-gold coloring in winter.
Rheingold Arborvitae

Rheingold Arborvitae

    Herbert Azalea
    4′
    Shape: Rounded
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Semi-double, purple blooms on a spreading plant. Blooms midseason.
Herbert Azalea

Herbert Azalea

    Karen Azalea
    4′
    Shape: Rounded
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Single, lavender-purple blooms. Early flowering, hardy variety. Mahogany foliage in fall. Semi-evergreen; needs protection.
Karen Azalea

Karen Azalea

    Renee Michelle Azalea
    4’ x 3’
    Shape: Rounded, Upright
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Enjoy a spectacular display of brilliant glowing pink 2 1/2” blooms on glossy bright green foliage. Use as a mass planting, garden accent, or low border.
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    Stewartstonian Azalea
    5′- 4′
    Shape: Rounded
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Growth Rate: Medium to tall, blooms very late in spring with vivid, brick-red, small single flowers. Wine-red fall color. Semi-evergreen, needs protection.
Stewartstonian Azalea

Stewartstonian Azalea

    Green Mountain Boxwood
    5’ x 3’
    Shape: Pyramidal
    Growth Rate: Slow to Medium

    Compact, dense, slow growing. Natural upright, pyramidal evergreen plant.
Green Mountain Boxwood

Green Mountain Boxwood

    Variegated Boxwood
    4-5’ x 4-5’
    Shape: Upright, Broad
    Growth Rate: Slow

    The leaves of this variegated form of the Common Boxwood have irregular, creamy yellow margins against dark green centers. Great choice for adding color to a special garden spot.
Variegated Boxwood
    Winter Gem Boxwood
    5′X 5′
    Shape: Rounded
    Growth Rate: Slow

    Small, compact shrub with small rounded oval soft green summer foliage, turning dark green in fall.
Winter Gem Boxwood

Winter Gem Boxwood

    Fernspray Gold False Cypress
    6-8’ T
    Shape: Upright, Broad
    Growth Rate: Slow

    Arching sprays of golden, fern like foliage. Unique, flattened branch tapers to a point, just as a fern frond does. Give this plant plenty of sun and ample moisture to achieve the brightest gold, but scorching afternoon sun may be too much.
Fernspray Gold False Cypress

Fernspray Gold False Cypress

    Berri-Magic Holly
    Shape: Upright
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Bright red berries guaranteed each fall with fruiting (Blue Princess) and pollinator (Blue Prince) in the same pot. Blue-green foliage on purple stems fills out this bushy shrub.
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    Castle Wall Holly
    5-8’ x 3-4’
    Shape: Upright
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Dark green leaved holly with a broad columnar shape. Use as a pollinator for Castle Spire Holly.
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    Gold Cone Juniper
    3-6’ T
    Shape: Upright, Narrow
    Growth Rate: Slow

    Columnar form of a juniper selected for its bright golden yellow foliage in spring and summer. Slow growth rate, with a very narrow form.
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    Sea Green Juniper
    4′ X 5′
    Shape: Mounded, spreading
    Growth Rate: Medium to Fast

    Compact, spreading shrub with mint green foliage on arching fountain- like branches. Foliage darkens in cold weather.
Sea Green Juniper

Sea Green Juniper

    Columnar Dwarf Mugo Pine
    3’-6’
    Shape: Upright, Narrow

    Perfect for tight landscape spaces. Conspicuous white buds stand out against long, dark green needles in winter. Interesting reddish orange bark. Plants reliably produce small ornamental cones too.
Columnar Dwarf Mugo Pine

Columnar Dwarf Mugo Pine

    Dwarf Mugo Pine
    5′X 6′
    Shape: Rounded
    Growth Rate: Medium to Fast

    Dwarf mushroom-shaped plant. Very hardy and rugged. Outstanding rich green foliage in summer and fall.
Dwarf Mugo Pine

Dwarf Mugo Pine

    Dwarf Blue Scotch Pine
    8’-10’
    Shape: Globe
    Growth Rate: Medium to Fast

    Shape: Rounded when young, ‘Glauca Nana’ slowly sprawls out and matures to a wider-than-tall flattened form with age. To maintain a more globe-like shape, candle prune in spring before needles break.
Dwarf Blue Scotch Pine

Dwarf Blue Scotch Pine

    Nova Zembla Rhododendron
    5′- 6′
    Shape: Round, upright
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Dark red blooms in early May. Very heat tolerant. Semi-evergreen.
Nova Zembla Rhododendron

Nova Zembla Rhododendron

    PJM Rhododedron
    6′- 4′
    Shape: Rounded
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Thick, leathery, dark green leaves with masses of lavender flowers blooming in spring. Very hardy. Semi-evergreen.
PJM Rhododendron

PJM Rhododendron

    English Roseum Rhododendron
    8′- 8′
    Shape: Round, upright
    Growth Rate: Fast

    Soft lavender flowers bloom late May. Good green leaves on a vigorous plant. Heat tolerant. Semi-evergreen.
English  Roseum Rhododendron

English Roseum Rhododendron

    Globe Blue Spruce
    4′ X 6′
    Shape: Rounded
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Shape: Globe-shaped spruce with blue foliage. Great accent plant. (Also available in standard form.)
Globe Blue Spruce

Globe Blue Spruce

    Dwarf Norway Spruce
    4′ X 6′
    Shape: Mounded
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Low growing spreading shrub with bright bluish-green needles. Good for informal hedges or low screen. Extremely cold hardy and adaptable.
Dwarf Norway Spruce

Dwarf Norway Spruce

    Lanham’s Beehive Dwarf Norway Spruce
    6’ x 4’
    Shape: Globe Shaped
    Growth Rate: Slow

    The needles of ‘Lanham’s Beehive’ are longer and thicker than other dwarf cultivars and they have a slight glaucous tint. These features, combined with prominent, cinnamon-colored stems and buds, create a dramatic effect.
Lanham Beehive Dwarf Norway Spruce

Lanham’s Beehive Dwarf Norway Spruce

    Whipcord Red Cedar
    5’X4’
    Shape: Globe to mounded
    Growth Rate: Slow

    The unusual foliage on this low, mop-head-like plant consists of long, thick, glossy tendrils that suggest fireworks. Green in summer, the foliage changes to bronze in winter. Demonstrates some deer resistance. (also available as a standard)
Whipcord Red Cedar

Whipcord Red Cedar

    Densiformis Spreading Yew
    4′ X 6′
    Shape: Spreading
    Growth Rate: Medium to Fast

    A dense spreader. Soft-textured shrub with rich, deep green foliage in summer and fall.
Densiformis Spreading Yew

Densiformis Spreading Yew

    Hick’s Yew
    6′ X 5′
    Shape: Upright
    Growth Rate: Medium to Fast

    A fast growing, medium-sized evergreen shrub with rich green foliage in summer and fall.
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    Wardi Yew
    3-4’ x 4-6’
    Shape: Mounded, Spreading
    Growth Rate: Slow to Medium

    Growth Rate: Slow growing compact mounded shrub with a low, spreading habit. Very dense with dark green evergreen foliage.
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Shrubs 9’ to 15’
    Techny Arborvitae
    8′-10′T
    Shape: Broad, Pyramidal

    Excellent for screens and tall sheared hedges. Very dark green. Good in sun or light shade. Very winter hardy.
Techny Arborvitae

Techny Arborvitae

    Fernspray False Cypress
    6′-12’ x 6′-12′
    Shape: Upright

    Unique foliage on this upright tree resembles delicate, tapered fern fronds. Handsome, open habit that responds well to judicious pruning to encourage a more compact shape, if desired. Use as a focal point or part of an evergreen screen. Provide moist, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade.
Fernspray False Cypress

Fernspray False Cypress

    Hinoki Cypress
    10-15’ x 6-8’
    Shape: Broad Upright, Pyramidal
    Growth Rate: Slow

    A strong growing upright conical shrub reaching 10-15’ tall. The foliage is a deep beautiful green.
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    Castle Spire Holly
    8-10’ x 3-4’
    Shape: Upright, Pyramidal
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Shiny foliage, bright red berries and red fall color on an evergreen holly. Best planted with protection from winter sun and wind. Adaptable to wet soils.
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    Skyrocket Juniper
    10′-15′TX2′W
    Shape: Narrow, pyramidal
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Very narrow upright juniper.
Skyrocket Juniper

Skyrocket Juniper

    Dwarf Alberta Spruce
    8′ X 5′
    Shape: Pyramidal
    Growth Rate: Slow to Medium

    A very slow growing miniature spruce with a dense pyramidal form.
Dwarf Alberta Spruce

Dwarf Alberta Spruce

    Capitata Yew
    6-8’ x 3-5’
    Shape: Broad Pyramidal
    Growth Rate: Medium to Fast

    Broad conical shrub with dark green needles.
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Shrubs Larger than 15’
    Dark Green Arborvitae
    20′-30′T
    Shape: Loosely pyramidal
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Shape: Pyramidal large shrub with dark green foliage that persists through winter. Symmetrical and shears well.
Dark Green Arborvitae

Dark Green Arborvitae

    Emerald Green Arborvitae
    10′-20′T
    Shape: Pyramidal
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Narrow, slower growing with excellent heat tolerance. Plant with space between to avoid damage.
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    Weeping Common Juniper
    10-15’ x 4-5’
    Shape: Weeping
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Has a broadly weeping habit, the result of many side leaders and branches that lay close to and then sweep up and away from the trunk. Thin, sharp, blue-green needles contribute a lacy texture and decorative berries and flaking bark add more interest to this graceful, reliable, cold hardy selection.
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    Wichita Blue Juniper
    10-15’ x 4-6’
    Shape: Pyramidal
    Growth Rate: Medium

    Moderate growth, low maintenance, screening plant.
Wichita Blue Juniper

Wichita Blue Juniper

Topiaries
We have a selection of topiaries created
from several varieties of evergreen shrubs. Flowers and animals created from arborvitae. Also available are decorative shapes such as different varieties of pom poms, poodles, spirals, and grafted standards.
Miniatures
We have a selection of miniature shrubs that are perfect for training into bonsai, as focal points in containers and in smaller rock gardens or around small water features.

Comments & Responses

2 Responses so far.

  1. Gloria Martin says:

    I live in Zone 7 S.Carolina, N.East top corner of the State and am interested in several low growing evergreens. 1)Mr Bowling Ball Arborvitae. 2)Little Gem Dwarf Norway Spruce. 3)Motala Dwarf Norway Spruce. 4)Old Gold Juniper. 5)Wee Willy Boxwood.
    Are they available now and are they suitable for where I live, Greenville, SC?

  2. admin says:

    I’m afraid that our zone and soil is so different from yours that we wouldn’t be able to give recommendations. I would suggest contacting your local garden center and taking this list of plants with you. The staff at the garden center should be able to answer your questions. We sell our plants locally, and do not ship to your area. Thank you for your inquiry.

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