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PLANT PROFILES: UPRIGHT EVERGREEN

The UPRIGHT EVERGREEN is quite versatile…

…The taller of the category are often employed for year-round privacy from neighbors or unwanted views. While the squatter evergreens are best for trimmed hedges or even whacky topiary.

Often UPRIGHT EVERGREENS play a larger role in the modern or contemporary landscapes as many species that fall into this category are tight-foliaged, meaning when sheered they keep a cleaner, more distinct shape. If you’re looking for a greater evergreen presence in winter, use as an anchoring element to build layers of plants from there similar to a LARGE TREE, ORNAMENTAL TREE, or LARGE FLOWERING SHRUB.

While most enjoy full sun for best growing conditions, they’re all quite tolerant of the partially-shady yard of Chicago. Yews can tolerate the shadier gardens. Though the shadier the garden, the looser the habit.

 

LARGE TREE ORNAMENTAL TREE LARGE FLOWERING SHRUB MID-FLOWERING SHRUB LOW-SPREADING SHRUB UPRIGHT EVERGREEN LOW-SPREADING EVERGREEN
FLOWERING PERENNIAL FOLIAGE PERENNIAL UPRIGHT ORNAMENTAL GRASS SHRUB-LIKE ORNAMENTAL GRASS FLOWERING GROUNDCOVER EVERGREEN GROUNDCOVER VINE

 

KEMORA PICKS Arborvitae, Boxwood, Yew

SUN Full Sun to Partial Shade
ORNAMENTAL INTERESTS
UPRIGHT EVERGREENS provide color in the winter and are available in a range of heights and widths
to fit any compact habit. Their often tight-foliage offers a soft texture to the landscape.
DESIGN USE
As the tallest of the evergreen shrubs, UPRIGHT EVERGREENS act as a design anchor for shorter planting layers. Use at corners to soften edges,
to block views year-round, or as a trimmed hedge.
ALTERNATIVES
Like the winter ornamental value of an UPRIGHT EVERGREEN but hate its height? A LOW-SPREADING EVERGREENS stay closer to the ground with a wider growing habit.
Arborvitae Photo Credit: F. D. Richards via Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]; Yew Hedge Photo Credit: Cultivar413 via Flickr [CC BY 2.0].

Plant info found on Google is not always precise as it is an aggregate of information from around the world—so we want to share our observations from years of getting our hands dirty in the Second City. This post is the latest in one of our newest series, PLANT PROFILES, where we explore each plant category as well as the preferred species of Kemora. We love plants which in turn gives us a trained eye for trouble-shooting them. And it is our hope you will come to love them too!

Kemora Landscapes is a full-service design, build, and maintenance company based in Chicago.

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