Evergreen shrubs are used to provide the landscape with year round substance and color. Our photos include the most popular evergreens used in landscapes today, such as Arborvitae, Boxwoods, Hollies, Junipers, Firs, Pines and Spruce. Due to an ongoing expansion of our shrub photo library, you will find our shrub photos divided among 5 shrub photo pages.


deciduous shrubs spreading junipers
flowering shrubs topiaries

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'Winter Gem' Boxwood

Boxwood hedge

Wintergem Boxwood


BUXUS microphylla koreana
'Winter Gem'

Winter Gem Korean Boxwood
Very hardy boxwood with glossy evergreen foliage. Plants take well to shearing and make excellent hedges or individual plants. Growth to 4 ft x 4 ft.

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Green Mountain Boxwood


BUXUS x 'Green Mountain'
Green Mountain Boxwood
Cone-shaped, upright growth with dark green foliage. Moderate growth to 5 ft tall x 3 ft wide. Used for hedges.
Variegated English Boxwood


BUXUS sempervirens 'Variegata'
Variegated English Boxwood
Grow in partial to full sun. Slow growth to 8 ft. tall x 8 ft. wide. Often used as a hedge plant.
Gold Thread Cypress

Gold Thread Cypress


'Filifera Aurea'

Gold Thread Falsecypress
Bright yellow foliage year round.
Grows to 15 ft without regular shearing- keep it trimmed in small beds. Very popular as a yellow accent plant. Some varieties are golder than others.
Compact Hinoki Cypress


CHAMAECYPARIS obtusa 'Compacta'
Compact Hinoki Cypress
Slow, compact growth to 6 ft tall x 3 ft wide. Sun to partial shade. Interesting foliage.
Golden Hinoki Cypress 'Crippsii'

Crippsii foliage

Crippsii hinoke cypress


CHAMAECYPARIS obtusa 'Crippsii'
Golden Hinoki Cypress
Slow pyramidal growth to 12 ft. tall x 6 ft. wide. Sun to partial shade. Protect foliage from winter winds.
Fernspray Hinoki


CHAMAECYPARIS obtusa 'Filicoides'
Hinoki Fernspray Cypress
Pyramidal, open growing evergreen with growth to 6 ft. tall x 3 ft. wide. Emerald green foliage is fern-like in appearance. Plant can be trimmed to make the growth more compact.
Just Dandy Dwarf Hinoki Cypress


CHAMAECYPARIS obtusa 'Just Dandy'
Dwarf Hinoki Cypress
Globe shaped growth making it wider than tall, good for small spaces. Zone 5 hardiness. It was selected from the best seedlings of 'Nana Gracilis' in 1981.
Nana Hinoki Cypress


Nana Hinoki Cypress
Slow growth to 2 ft tall x 3 ft wide. Sun to partial shade. Interesting dark green foliage.
Carol Mackie Daphne


DAPHNE burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'
Carol Mackie Daphne
Slow growing semi-evergreen with pale pink fragrant blossoms followed by red drupes in fall. Grows best in rich, well drained soils in partial shade with adequate moisture levels. Leaves have a yellow margin becoming creamy white. Best grown in foundation plantings, shrub beds and along borders. Growth to 3 ft tall x 4 ft wide. Hardy in zones 5 to 8.
Green & White Euonymus


EUONYMUS fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety'
'Emerald Gaiety' Euonymus
Vine-like moderate to fast growth to 3 ft tall x 5 ft wide. Great for a color contrast with its green and white variegated leaves. Watch for scale insects.
Gold & Green Euonymus


EUONYMUS fortunei 'Emerald 'n Gold'
'Emerald 'n Gold' Euonymus
Moderate to fast growth to 3 ft tall x 5 ft wide. Great for a splash of color with its green and gold variegated leaves. Watch for scale insects.
Sunspot Euonymus


EUONYMUS fortunei 'Sunspot'
Sunspot Euonymus
Moderate to fast growth to 3 ft tall x 5 ft wide. Grow in sun to shade (sun brings out the best yellow variegation). Yellow branches add to the colorful effect of the yellow and green leaves. Deer love to eat these.
Yellow edged English holly


ILEX aquifolium 'Aurea Marginata'
Yellow Edged English Holly
Grow in partial sun in an area with some protection from winter winds.
Convex leaf holly


ILEX crenata 'Convexa'
Convex leaf Japanese Holly
Evergreen with slow to moderate growth and 'cupped' leaves. Needs good drainage. Will get knocked-back by -10F to -20F winter temperatures.
Green Lustre Holly


ILEX crenata 'Green Lustre'
Japanese Holly Green Lustre
Compact evergreen shrub with moderate growth for use in hedges, masses or foundation plantings. Grows 4 ft tall and 8 ft wide in full sun to partial shade. Protect from harsh winter winds.
Helleri Holly


ILEX crenata 'Helleri'
Helleri Holly
Compact evergreen shrub with slow to moderate growth in Zone 6 to 9 for use in hedges, masses or foundation plantings. Grows 3 ft tall and 4 ft wide in full sun to partial shade. Flowers attract bees.
Steeds Upright Holly


ILEX crenata 'Steeds'
Steeds Upright Holly
Dense, pyramidal evergreen with dark green foliage. Use in hedges or foundation plantings. Zone 6 to 9. Growth to 8 ft tall and 6 ft wide in full sun to partial shade.
Shamrock Holly or Inkberry


ILEX glabra 'Shamrock'
Evergreen shrub with dark green foliage. Used for hedges, groupings and accents. Slow to moderate growth to 7 ft tall x 7 ft wide.
'Blue Princess' Holly

Blue Holly


ILEX meserveae
Blue Princess Holly
Dense, dark blue-green, evergreen foliage makes this hardy holly very popular in the home landscape. Plants can reach 8 ft tall x 8 ft wide. Annual shearing will help shape plant. Females get the red berries late in the season if there is a male Holly in the vicinity. A very similar variety is 'Blue Maid.'
Article: Holly Berries


'China Girl' Holly


ILEX meserveae 'Mesog'
China Girl Holly
Lighter green leaf than the Blue Hollies, yet similar. Hardy, takes shearing well. Growth to 8 ft x 8ft. Red berries.
Old Gold Juniper


JUNIPERUS chinensis 'Old Gold'
Old Gold Juniper
Outstanding gold color with growth to 3 ft tall x 5 ft across.
Blue Pacific Juniper


JUNIPERUS conferta 'Blue Pacific'
Blue Pacific juniper
Fast growing blue-green evergreen that will tolerate more shade than most spreading junipers. Height to 1 foot with 8 foot spread.
Sea Green Juniper


JUNIPERUS pfitzeriana 'Sea Green'
Sea Green Juniper
Fast growing, hardy evergreen with arching branches is used for hedges, foundation plantings and specimens. Grows best in full sun to 6 ft tall and 8 ft wide in Zone 4 - 9.
Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper

JUNIPERUS procumbens nana


JUNIPERUS procumbens nana
Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper
Low spreading, bluish-green evergreen foliage with dense growth. Attractive growing over a wall or planted in a rock garden.
Prefers full sun. Another DLS favorite.
Blue Star Juniper

JUNIPERUS squamata Blue Star


JUNIPERUS squamata 'Blue Star'
Blue Star Juniper
Rich blue foliage year round. Compact, slow growing plant to 3 ft across. Ideal for rock gardens and small beds. Nice plant.
Grey Owl Juniper


JUNIPERUS virginiana 'Grey Owl'
Grey Owl Juniper
Silver gray foliage year round. Slow growing, hardy plant with growth to 3 ft tall and 6 ft wide. Use for hedges, mass plantings or shrub borders. Grow in Zone 2 - 9 in full sun.

Photos of Spreading Junipers

Rainbow Leucothoe

Leucothoe Girards Rainbow

Girards Rainbow Leucothoe


LEUCOTHOE fontanesiana 'Girard's Rainbow'
Rainbow Leucothoe
Grow in shade to partial shade. Slow to moderate arching growth to 4 ft tall x 5 ft wide. New leaves are multi-colored with pink, white and yellow. Drooping white flowers. Requires moist soil.
Oregon Grape is Mahonia aquifolium


MAHONIA aquifolium
Oregon Grape
Often mistaken for holly, this suckering evergreen grows best in partial to full shade in Zones 5 - 8. Moderate growth to 6 ft tall and 5 ft wide with showy yellow flowers in spring followed by bluish-black berries in late summer. Best in shady areas: woodland gardens, groupings or as a foundation shrub.
Microbiota - Russian Arborvitae


MICROBIOTA decussata
Russian Arborvitae
Moderate growth to 18" tall x 5 ft wide. Prefers moist soil in partial shade with some protection. Flat evergreen sprays make it an attractive plant.
Variegated Holly Leaf Osmanthus


OSMANTHUS heterophyllus 'Goshiki'
Variegated Holly Leaf Osmanthus
Dwarf globe-shaped plant that grows 3 to 6 inches per year and takes shearing well. Deer resistant. Zone 4 hardiness. Spring growth flushed with pink turnings creamy yellow in summer.
Picea abies Sharpleaf


PICEA abies 'Mucronata'
Dwarf Norway Spruce
Dwarf spruce with compact growth makes it ideal for rock gardens and small spaces. Prefers sun but tolerates partial shade. Grows to a 5 ft height x 5 ft wide. Hardy to Zone 4.
Birds Nest Spruce


PICEA abies 'Nidiformis'
Bird's Next Spruce
Dwarf spruce with compact growth makes it ideal for rock gardens and small spaces. Likes sun but tolerates some shade. 3 ft height x 5 ft spread.
Dwarf Serbian Spruce

Picea omorika


PICEA omorika 'Nana'
Dwarf Serbian Spruce
This compact, slow growing evergreen has dark green needles with silver bands. Tolerates urban conditions well.
Pimoko Serbian Spruce

Pimoko Serbian Spruce


PICEA omorika 'Pimoko'
Pimoko Serbian Spruce
Globe-shaped young plant becoming an upright, broad shaped plant over time. Bluish-green foliage. Zone 4 hardiness. Nice rock garden plant.
Globe Blue Spruce


PICEA pungens glauca 'Globosa'
Globe Blue Spruce
Slow to moderate growth from this dwarf variety of Blue Spruce. Grafted on a 'standard' it has an ornamental lollipop look and serves well as a specimen plant. Maintains its shape well on its own, or it can be sheared for a uniform appearance.
Weeping Blue Spruce

Weeping Blue Spruce


PICEA pungens glauca 'Procumbens'
Weeping Blue Spruce
Excellent silver blue color and weeping form. Remains low and spreading without staking. Displays best when planted so it can weep over a wall.
Dwarf Sitka Spruce


PICEA sitchensis 'Papoose'
Dwarf Sitka Spruce
Contrasting needles are dark green underneath and silvery blue on top. Grows to 3 ft tall x 3 ft wide. Excellent evergreen for a dwarf conifer collection, rock garden or along a shrub border.
Pieris Japonica - Japanese Pieris

'Mountain Fire' Pieris


PIERIS japonica
Evergreen with pendulous flowers in the spring that resemble Lily of the Valley. 'Mountain Fire' variety has red new growth. Slow growth in sun or shade. Watch for damage from Lace Bugs.

Also see Pieris at flowering shrubs and photos of Pieris.

Mugo Pine or Mugho Pine


PINUS mugo
Mugho Pine
Evergreen with moderate growth to 4 ft high and 7 ft wide. Trim new growth in June to maintain tight shape. Watch for sawfly in May.
Dwarf Mugho Pine sheared


PINUS mugo 'Pumilio'
Dwarf Mugho Pine
Slow growth on the true dwarf varieties-- standard varieties grow faster.  All varieties should have their candles trimmed in June to keep the best shape. Watch for Sawfly caterpillars in May.
Hedgehog Pine


PINUS parviflora 'Little Hedgehog'
Little Hedgehog Japanese White Pine
Miniature conifer which grows to 2 ft tall and 3 ft wide. Great for small gardens, rock gardens and shrub borders. Hardy to Zone 5.
Dwarf White Pine - Pinus Strobus 'Nana'

Dwarf white pine on standard


PINUS strobus 'Nana'
Dwarf White Pine
Soft, silver-green needles. Slow, compact growth to 3 ft x 3 ft. Sun to partial shade. Sensitive to salt spray.
Capitata Yew


TAXUS cuspidata 'Capitata'
Pyramidal Japanese Yew
Pyramidal evergreen with slow growth to 40 ft tall x 50 ft wide. Tolerates heavy shearing.
Densiformis Yew


TAXUS x media 'Densiformis'
Dense Spreading Hybrid Yew
A dense shrubby form of Yew that lends itself well to foundation plantings. Moderate growth to 9 ft tall x 12 ft wide.
Hicks Yew


TAXUS x media 'Hicksii'
Hicks Yew
Columnar evergreen with moderate growth to 15 ft tall x 5 ft wide. Can be used for evergreen hedges where deer aren't a problem.
Hetz Midget Arborvitae


THUJA occidentalis 'Hetzi Midget'
Hetz Midget Arborvitae
Dwarf evergreen with slow ball-shaped growth to 2 ft x 2 ft. Ideal for rock gardens and small beds. Grow in full sun.
Golden Arborvitae


THUJA occidentalis 'Lutea'
George Peabody Arborvitae
Moderate rate of pyramidal growth to 12 ft tall x 6 ft wide. Golden foliage creates a nice accent.
Rheingold Arborvitae



THUJA occidentalis 'Rheingold'
Dwarf Golden Arborvitae
Golden-orange foliage year round. Slow growing to 4 ft x 3 ft. Keeps a nice shape without trimming.
Globe Arborvitae


THUJA occidentalis 'Woodwardii'
Globe Arborvitae
Rounded shrub with dark evergreen foliage. Light shearing gives arborvitae additional strength and shape. Watch for deer browsing on most arborvitaes.
Whipcord Arborvitae

Thuja plicata Whipcord


THUJA plicata 'Whipcord'
Whipcord Arborvitae
Glossy evergreen foliage grows with a pendulous effect like a mop. Grows to 5 ft. tall x 4 ft. wide.
Coles Prostrate Canadian Hemlock


TSUGA canadensis 'Cole's Prostrate'
Dwarf Weeping Hemlock
Slow growing, graceful evergreen foliage with prostrate growth that stays close to the ground. Sun to partial shade.


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