September 2, 2016

Top Evergreens to Plant for Tough Sites

Ponderosa Pine
Being from Minnesota, you may have a difficult time finding a tree that works in your site constraints.  Below are a list of a few evergreen trees that could help add privacy to your yard in tough conditions.
Clay Soil
  • Arborvitae
  • Austrian pine
  • Ponderosa pine
  • White fir



Sandy Soil
  • Scotch pine
  • Mugo pine
  • Junipers

Mugo Pine




Wet Soil
  • American arborvitae
  • Balsam fir
  • Black spruce



High pH
  • Arborvitae
  • Black hills spruce
  • Mugo pine
  • Ponderosa pine
  • Arborvitae


  • Junipers


Windy, Exposed
  • Black hills spruce
  • Jack pine
  • Mugo pine
  • Red pine
  • Ponderosa pine
  • Rocky Mountain juniper
  • Savin juniper
  • Eastern red cedar
  • Juniper
  • Douglas fir


Partial Sun
  • Arborvitae
  • Balsam fir
  • Douglas fir



Shade
  • Canada hemlock
  • Canada yew
  • Japanese yew