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Pictures of Evergreen Shrubs: "Rhodies"
Needled, Broadleaf Evergreen Shrubs
Bearing leaves as they do year-round, evergreen shrubs are the preferred bushes for privacy hedges, since they keep you from being exposed to prying eyes for all 12 months of the year. Needle-bearing evergreen shrubs with small, tightly spaced needles are especially useful in hedges, as they can be trimmed to precise shapes. Yews come to mind immediately. But broadleaf evergreen shrubs with small leaves, such as boxwood, also cry out for a good shearing that will turn them into nice, rectangular walls. Other evergreen shrubs may be striking enough to go solo and serve as specimens. Click on any of the pictures in the photo gallery below to learn more about that particular bush.
Azaleas and rhododendrons (affectionately known as a "rhodies") are related....
Azaleas and rhododendrons belong to the same genus. In general, rhododendrons are larger shrubs than are azalea plants, and they have larger leaves. Also, in general, azalea flowers have five stamens, while the rhododendron flowers have ten stamens. Finally, unlike rhododendrons, many azalea plants are deciduous.Continue to 2 of 12 below.
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Emerald and Gold euonymus is grown for its variegated leaves.
The leaves of Emerald and Gold are green on the inside, golden on the outside.Continue to 3 of 12 below.
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Pictures of Evergreen Shrubs: Hemlock
Compact cultivars of Canadian hemlock essentially function as shrubs.
Shrub-form Canadian hemlocks, when kept trimmed, form a dense "living wall," making them effective privacy screens. The hemlock hedge in this picture flanks a driveway entrance and gives the property behind it a private, secluded feeling.Continue to 4 of 12 below.
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Valued for its whimsical golden foliage, Gold Mop (or "Gold Mops") is one of the false cypresses.
Gold Mop, like the prior entry, is a needled evergreen shrub. But instead of bearing a classic needle-like hemlock's, Gold Mop's needle is awl-shaped.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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As the picture shows, the older leaves of blue holly develop a darker color that gives it its name.
In the picture above, the lighter leaves you see are the younger ones. Like the older leaves, the branch stems of blue holly are dark. Blue holly is another broadleaf evergreen shrub.Continue to 7 of 12 below.
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Unlike the prior entry, which was a broadleaf evergreen shrub, arborvitae is a needled evergreen shrub.
The needles of arborvitae come in flat sprays and, if you look closely, the needles appear covered in scales. There are many types of arborvitae. They can range in height from short shrubs to tree-like specimens.
Arborvitae literally translates (from Latin) as "tree of life." The name derives from the exploration of the Saint Lawrence River area by the French in the 16th century. The French, suffering at the time from the sailor's scourge, scurvy, learned from the natives that arborvitae's needles could be boiled, yielding a medicinal brew. As it turns out, the secret of the "tree of life" is a high vitamin-C content, making it useful in fighting scurvy.Continue to 8 of 12 below.
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Technically, daphne is considered, at best, a semi-evergreen.
Technical classifications aside, the 'Carol Mackie' daphne shrubs in my zone 5 garden function virtually as evergreen shrubs. They keep their leaves throughout most of the winter. Just after the old leaves start to lose their luster in late winter, new leaves quickly replace them in spring. There is little "down time" in between: these daphnes almost provide you with same foliar continuity as do true evergreen shrubs.
As a bonus, the leaves of 'Carol Mackie' daphne are variegated. All of which is especially impressive when you consider that daphne is grown primarily for its fragrant flowers!Continue to 11 of 12 below.
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Blue Star Juniper Bush
Not all evergreens are green in color. Earlier, we saw examples of shrubs with golden foliage.
Blue Star juniper is a needled evergreen with silvery-blue foliage. This slow-growing plant is a dwarf, forming a compact mound that reaches just 1-3 feet in height at maturity, with a similar spread. Its foliage is densely packed.