Evergreen trees are an excellent choice for gardens in zone 5 because they’re known for being extremely cold hardy – meaning that they will continue providing green color to your Chicago garden all year round. If you’ve been considering planting some evergreen trees in your yard, but have been undecided with regards to the varieties that would do best, the information below will help you make your final decision.

Norway Spruce

Although these trees are a familiar sight throughout much of the country, they are in fact native to Europe. The Norway Spruce’s dense branch pattern and tolerance to various soil conditions means that it is an extremely popular tree to be planted in areas where windbreaks are needed. If your yard is spacious enough to handle these trees – they do become quite large over time – you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful show of green from them.

Green Giant Arborvitae

If you’re looking for something that grows relatively quickly and will survive the harsh Chicago winter, the green giant arborvitae will fit the bill. It forms a natural pyramidal shape that boasts foliage that remains rich, green and dense – although it may sometimes darken or bronze a little during colder weather. These trees are ideal for using as a natural privacy screen or hedge; they are highly resistant to wind and make an excellent choice in areas where a windbreak is needed.

The Blues Weeping Colorado Spruce

If smaller evergreen trees will be a better fit for your yard and garden, you will not go wrong with this dwarf variety of evergreen tree. Although it’s quite fast growing, it will usually top out at a maximum of around 10 feet in height and between 5 and 10 feet wide. It’s blue-green needles make a beautiful show and they grow quite densely along its downward-hanging branches. This tree thrives in full sun areas, but will tolerate a little shade if necessary.

Dwarf Balsam Fir

This squat, rounded fir tree displays lush needles that are a brilliant dark green and it has a relatively slow rate of growth, making it an ideal choice for homeowners who don’t have a lot of time to prune their shrubs. Although it has fairly densely packed branches, it will only reach a size of between 5 and 6 feet wide after several years of growth.

Dwarf Serbian Spruce

This evergreen bush grows extremely densely, making it a great option for planting in smaller garden beds. It has attractive green needles with white stripes on the underside and is fairly slow growing, reaching a maximum height of between 3 and 5 feet. Virtually no pruning is needed on this evergreen, making it ideal for homeowners who don’t enjoy spending a lot of time in the garden.

If you would like to learn more about the varieties of evergreen trees that will thrive in your Chicago garden and yard, contact our experienced landscaping team today. We look forward to assisting you.