Fast Growing Evergreen Shrubs

Evergreen plants are simply plants that keep their leaves all year, providing a refreshing bit of greenery throughout the winter when many other plants have faded away. Gardeners who are eager to bring evergreens into their gardens frequently desire fast growing shrubs that will exhibit their lovely foliage quickly. There are a number of fast growing evergreen shrubs that can be used to speedily spruce up the home garden.


Heavily naturalized in warm regions throughout North America, Lantana (Lantana camara) is a tropical evergreen shrub notable for its thick clusters of brightly colored, butterfly-attracting blooms. Available in colors such as hot pink, orange, yellow and purple, Lantana shrubs are popular ornamental shrubs that are fast growing as well as beautiful. The shrub thrives in almost any soil type, and the plant will grow in either full sun or partial shade.


Traditionally associated with Christmas thanks to its green and red coloring, poinsetta (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is an inexpensive flowering evergreen shrub native to Central America and Mexico. Poinsetta is instantly recognizable, boasting broad, deep green leaves and wide, floppy red flowers (though some cultivars are now available in white and pink). The plant grows in well-drained soil, preferring full sunlight or partial shade.

Crepe Jasmine

Fragrant and luscious, crepe jasmine (Tabernaemontana divaricata) is a fast growing evergreen shrub native to tropical India. The plant is widely cultivated for its glossy, deep green foliage and sweetly scented, waxy white blooms. The plant is not picky about soil, though it will grow especially well when fertilized occasionally. Crepe jasmine grows well in either full sunlight or partial sunlight. The dense plant makes an excellent privacy screen.

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Michelle Wishhart is a writer based out of Astoria, Ore. She has been writing professionally for five years, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for an alternative weekly paper in Santa Cruz. She has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a minor in English literature.