Blue Needle Evergreen Trees

'Hoopsii' blue spruce beside a lilac and Japanese maple

Zone: 2 to 8
Exposure: Sun to part shade
Height: 6′ to 75′ (depending on the variety)
Width: 4′ to 20′ (depending on the variety)

I think every yard needs at least a couple of evergreen trees. They keep some structure in your yard in the winter when all of the other trees look a little bare.

My favorite varieties of evergreens are the ones with blue needles like blue spruce or blue juniper. Of course, I love blue so having a plant with blue-tinted leaves is right up my alley!

The traditional Colorado Blue Spruce is a little large for most suburban yards (it grows up to 75′ tall and 16′ wide!) but there are many other varieties (such as Hoopsii and Fat Albert) that are more suited for a city-sized backyard.

Pretty much all of them produce pine cones which are perfect for Christmas decorating.

And many of the blue junipers work quite well as a privacy screen.

Blue Point junipers inside of a fence

I will say that you need to be a little careful when you are picking them out. These two ‘Blue Point’ junipers were supposed to grow to 12′ high and they are much closer to 40′ or 50′ now!