Living Christmas Trees

Long to watch this year's Christmas tree get bigger every year? Simply pick a variety of tree that's right for your climate, take good care of it during the holidays and plant it well, and it will grace your garden for decades to come.

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'Blue Pyramid' cypress

This fast-growing conifer makes a beautiful specimen plant as well as a thick screen or windbreak. Once established, this plant is drought-tolerant.
Mature size: 20 to 25 ft. high, 10 to 12 ft. wide
USDA Zones 6 to 9

'Black Hills' spruce

A slow-growing conifer with regal bearing, this spruce needs regular watering and in fact makes a great choice for wet areas in the landscape.
Mature size: 20 to 25 ft. tall, 10 to 12 ft. wide
USDA Zones 2 to 8

'Blue Wonder' dwarf Alberta spruce

A small conifer that's widely used in residential landscapes, the ubiquitous dwarf Alberta spruce forms a tight, medium-green cone. 'Blue Wonder' offers a lovely blue alternative that makes a good accent plant.
Mature size: 6 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide
USDA Zones 2 to 8

'Baby Blue Sawara' cypress

Don't have any ground space for a living Christmas tree? Plant one in a container, like this slow-growing, fine-textured species of false cypress.
Mature size: 6 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide
USDA Zones 4 to 8

'Castle Spire' blue holly

This attractive pyramidal holly is equally good as a single specimen or as a privacy hedge. It needs moist soil and can even tolerate wet areas.
Mature size: Reaches 8 to 12 ft. tall and 3 to 4 ft. wide
USDA Zones 5 to 7

'Berri Magic' holly

You're sure to get a good crop of berries in fall and winter with this duo, a combination of 'Blue Princess' planted with the 'Blue Prince' pollenizer.
Mature size: 8 to 10 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide
USDA Zones 5 to 9

'Silveray' Korean pine

A good choice when you don't have a lot of lateral room in the garden, this semi-dwarf version of Korean pine is among the cold-hardiest of pines but doesn't do well where summers are hot.
Mature size: 30 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide
USDA Zones 4 to 9

'Medora' juniper

A narrow vertical accent for the garden, 'Medora' tolerates seacoast conditions as well as drought.
Mature size: Slow growing 10 ft. tall and 2 to 3 ft. wide
USDA Zones 3 to 7

'Bruns' Serbian spruce

A gorgeous specimen plant with a strong central leader, this spruce has glossy, dark blue-green needles with pronounced white lines on the undersides. Prefers moist, deep, well-drained soil in areas with low humidity
Mature size:
30 to 35 ft. tall, 8 to 10 ft. wide
USDA Zones 4 to 8

'Blue Angel' white pine

A dwarf, silvery-blue variety of white pine, 'Blue Angel' has a dense rounded form that displays the long needles beautifully. Give this plant moist, well-drained soil, though the species is adaptable to soil types. As a rule, white pines don't tolerate air pollution.
Mature size: 7 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide
Zones 4 to 9

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