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The Best Potted Evergreens

By Kelli Bingham
Potted evergreens are versatile and beautiful.
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Evergreens are beautiful and versatile plants that stay green all year long. Although planting and maintaining evergreens requires considerable time and care, they provide beautiful green foliage for the entire year. Potted evergreens are even more versatile because you can move them with ease, and they look beautiful indoors or outdoors.


Junipers are evergreens that reach maturity at 20 to 30 feet tall with a spread of 5 to 10 feet, making them one of the best potted evergreens for residential sites. This evergreen tree comes in a variety of colors including dark green, deep green and silvery blue. Take care to place potted juniper trees in a location that is out of direct wind. These evergreens do not tolerate wind well and are especially susceptible to winter burn. Winter burn can cause the needles to turn brown and the tree to look scorched. Potted juniper trees fair best when planted within U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Hardiness Zones 3 to 9.

Mugho Pine

Mugho pine trees survive well when potted. These affordable evergreens are hardy, low-maintenance bonsai plants that require little pruning. Precise watering of this plant is the key to its survival; water it throughout the winter, up until the soil ball is completely frozen. Water it again any time that it unfreezes. Mugho evergreens will likely require you to resume regular watering long before you begin potting other seasonal plants in the spring. If this tree remains potted for several years, take it out of the pot, prune the roots and reset it in fresh soil. Mugho pines do best when planted within USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 7.


There are several different types of boxwood trees, including the English boxwood and the Japanese boxwood. Boxwood trees pot well and are a particular favorite in the design of formal landscapes. This tree, which is often used as a Christmas tree and in garlands, wreaths and kissing balls, is also one of the most preferred topiary arrangements. When potting a boxwood tree, remember that evergreens require large root structures to ensure successful transplanting, so plant them in a pot that is big enough to allow for roots that are larger than the foliage diameter. Boxwood evergreens grow best when planted within USDA Hardiness Zones 6 to 8.


About the Author


Kelli Bingham is a freelance writer with nearly a decade of experience in the field. Her works have been published in publications including eHow. She is currently pursuing a degree in business.