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Shrubs That Are Widely Used As Evergreens

Feb 4

Evergreen shrubs are the favored bushes for year-round yard appeal since they bear leaves or needles all year. Needle-bearing evergreen shrubs, such as yews, are very helpful in hedges because they can be cut to precise forms and have thin, tightly spaced needles. Boxwood, broadleaf evergreen plants with little leaves, can be utilized in the same way, albeit it begs for a good shearing to transform it into rectangular walls. Other evergreen bushes are eye-catching enough to stand alone as specimens.

Here are some popular evergreen landscape shrubs to consider.


The euonymus 'Emerald 'n' Gold' is a broadleaf evergreen shrub with variegated leaves with green centers and golden borders. This is a low-growing shrub (up to two feet tall) that can spread up to four feet wide. It's a flexible ground cover that may be used in both sunny and shady regions. It will scale a low wall if provided assistance. In the fall, the foliage becomes pinkish-red, and it may fall off in the coldest parts of its hardiness range. Keep in mind that Euonymus scale can be a serious bug problem.



Boxwood is a broadleaf evergreen shrub with tiny leaves and a thick growth habit, making it an excellent choice for formal hedges. It's appreciated for its compact, densely packed leaves, which make it perfect for sculpting with garden shears or electric hedge trimmers.

Slow-growing shrubs that rarely reach more than five feet in height and are usually kept pruned even shorter. Although these shrubs are normally evergreen, they don't enjoy high winter winds that can scorch the leaf. Boxwoods, in addition to being a common low hedge plant, can also be used as foundation planting shrubs.


Hemlock from Canada

The Canadian hemlock, commonly known as the eastern hemlock, is a tiny, lacy-needled coniferous evergreen. The species thrives in gloomy environments. There are compact varieties that function as shrubs, as well as big examples that grow up to 70 feet tall and serve as landscape trees. The shrubby forms make a dense living wall when properly trimmed, making them good privacy screens.

Canadian hemlocks thrive in milder climes, and they may suffer a little south of USDA hardiness zone 6. Check for the presence of the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), a tiny sap-sucking bug that affects the tree in many locations, before growing this species. If HWA is a serious problem in your area, other hemlock species might be a better choice.


Azaleas and rhododendrons are both members of the same genus, therefore distinguishing between them can be difficult. While some azaleas are evergreen, the rhododendron family is the most common broadleaf evergreen, with leathery green-to-bronze leaves that lasts all winter. Rhododendrons are often larger shrubs with larger leaves than azaleas. Azalea blooms have five stamens on average, but rhododendron blossoms have ten.

Rhododendrons are a flexible plant that can be utilized as a single specimen, in groups for forest gardens and shrub islands, or as a foundation plant. They do, however, have a free, airy growth style that makes them unsuitable for hedges.



The needled evergreen shrub 'Golden Mop' (or 'Gold Mop') is also known as Sawara cypress and is prized for its whimsical golden leaf. 'Golden Mop' needles are awl-shaped rather than traditional sharp needles.

The C. pisifera species' 'Golden Mop' is a slow-growing, mounded shrub type that takes ten years to attain its maximum size of five feet. It is commonly employed in foundation plantings, rock gardens, and as a specimen shrub in small spaces because of its stringy, arching, whip-like branches.