When you’re adding trees to your landscape, have a mix of evergreen and deciduous. While deciduous trees look beautiful and often flower or bear fruit, evergreen trees are sturdy and perfectly suited to the harsher Minnesota climate.


With evergreen trees, you’ll get greenery around your home throughout the year, and the stately beauty of these trees can’t be understated. However, some trees are better suited to the Twin Cities area than others.


In this guide, the tree pros at Vital Tree Service go over some of the best evergreen trees to put in your landscaping.

What To Consider When Choosing Evergreens

Evergreen trees may take a long time to grow, but they can offer excellent protection from wind. When choosing these trees, you want to ensure they will thrive, so that you don’t end up with dead trees or overgrown trees. While these issues can be handled with an effective tree removal service, it’s better to avoid these issues altogether.


When finding evergreens, remember that most of Minnesota is in cold hardiness zones two-four. You’ll also want to look at the size, color, and shape of the tree before planting it. Even with evergreens, some are easier to grow and more likely to withstand harsh conditions than others.

Five Ideal Evergreens To Plant

With these factors in mind, here are some evergreens recommended by the University of Minnesota:


  1. Norway spruce: This fast-growing tree needs full sun. It grows in a pyramid shape and can reach up to 80 feet tall and 30 feet wide.


  1. Balsam fir: Popular as Christmas trees, balsam firs grow slowly and can get around 60 feet tall. They are pyramids in form and can grow in full sun or partial shade.


  1. Prince of Wales juniper: With a spreading form, this juniper is perfect as a hedge. It is around a foot tall and five feet wide and can grow in full sun.


  1. Rocky Mountain juniper: This evergreen can get up to 15 feet tall and eight feet wide. It has a conical shape and needs full sun.


  1. Red pine: Also called the Norway pine, this tree had to make the list as it’s the Minnesota state tree. It gets up to 80 feet tall and has a medium growth rate.  While this is a large tree, you can keep it looking good with tree trimming services.

Spruce Up Your Yard With Vital Tree Service

While these aren’t the only suitable evergreens for Minnesota landscapes, they are excellent initial choices when sprucing up your yard! Find out more about landscaping ideas by reaching out to Vital Tree Service at 651-341-4021 to request a quote.