Evergreen Trees

Best 6 Pine Trees To Grow In Southern Minnesota

The evergreen trees in Southern Minnesota are dependable features of the landscape that can be enjoyed all year round.

The trees are beacons of hope among the barren, white scenes of winter that stand out long after the last scarlet maple leaf has fallen and before the first pastel lilac blooms appear.

Among all the evergreen trees, pine trees are of course the most majestic and well-known. There is a pine species that grows faster in Southern Minnesota than any other species.

The one thing that makes this tree so popular is its wispy, soft needles and smooth, shiny bark when it is young. These trees are capable of reaching a height of 100 feet.

In Minnesota, they are the largest conifer (tree with cones bearing leaves) and are a common spot where bald eagles build their nests. Since Eastern White Pine is native to Minnesota, we have plenty of these trees.

Jack pine and red pine are known for their fast growth. Both species grow best in acidic soil, but are not particular about how fertile the soil is; they are equally happy in dry, infertile soil as well. It has been reported that the jack pine can grow up to 70 feet tall, while the red pine may grow up to 100 feet tall.


Longleaf Pine


The magnificent Longleaf Pine Tree (Pinus palustris) remains an incredibly important resource for the owners of family forests across the Southeast.

Longleaf pine timber and pine straw mulch offer tremendous value to owners of family forests.

In order to produce plants of the highest quality for your properties, the growers at Nature Hills take great pride in their work.

It is true that a well-managed plantation or stand of Longleaf Pine trees can provide a substantial amount of family income for your grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

It is remarkable how straight the trunks of mature trees are as well as the branches that reach about 50 feet high from the ground. They are not only durable, but they are also resistant to rot and termites and are perfect for power lines and telephone poles.

There is a straight trunk covered with a blocky bark with a textured surface. The bark is brown with a warm, orange overtone. As you can see, it makes a big visual presence in the landscape.


Mugo Pine


To help balance the landscaping design and add interest during the winter months, all yards need evergreen plants.

You can be a part of the Mugo Pine fan club! (Pinus mugo var. mugo) is a reliable, beautiful, and small evergreen tree with a light bark.

There are two types of Mugo Pine, which can be classified as low-growing and round trees.

The mugo pine grows in the hills and mountains of Germany and Poland.

With its optimum form, texture, and color, it can create a whole lot of interest within your garden.

These popular evergreens have long been a staple for foundation planting, but are now being used as sculptural accent plants throughout your yard due to their beautiful appearance.

With the help of this low-growing variety, you will be able to create an impactful statement in your landscape and add vivid, dark-green color to it during every season.

Green Penguin Dwarf Scotch Pine

A superb choice for color and texture year round, the Green Penguin Dwarf Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris ‘Green Penguin’) remains a compact tree.

It continues to grow small and compact throughout its growth cycle every year.

This ensures that it creates a very significant visual impact, especially when grown in small spaces.

These slow-growing plants have been carefully cared for by our expert nurserymen for years. The little conifers will grow into a friendly little plant as they grow.

With the growing number of smaller lots, it’s important to select plants that are the right size and can take care of themselves over the course of the year.

In fact, having a Green Penguin in your garden is like having a living bonsai. In the end, it does seem as if it was a larger tree, but in a smaller scale.

Vander wolf’s Pyramid Limber Pine

Many reasons exist for why the Vanderwolf’s Pyramid Limber Pine is so popular with gardeners.

The twisting needles on this tree are soft and deep-blue, which is unusual on other types of evergreens.

It is also valued for its narrow width and pyramidal shape, which makes it a great addition to any landscape.

In a crowd, it stands out for its eye-catching branching and rich color. Initially, the new growth appears green, but later matures into its signature twisted, blue-green needles, along with large, decorative pine cones .

Whether you’re looking for an accent tree or a simple privacy screen, you can plant one or more of these trees.

Alpha Upright Canadian Hemlock

There is a trend in contemporary garden design to embrace soft, “fluffy” evergreen shrubs.

Many people are putting down their hedge trimmers and allowing evergreens to develop naturally into their form.

The trees of the Alpha Upright Canadian Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis ‘Alpha Upright’) grow into a column of dark green needles.

There is a fine-textured growth that remains lush and dense all the way to the ground.

An excellent example of an upright Canadian Hemlock is the Alpha Upright Canadian Hemlock. As a result of its immense feathery foliage, this compact Hemlock bush stays in shape without needing to be pruned regularly.

Best of all…no matter how much sun you receive in your landscape, this plant becomes a very valuable asset in your property if it receives much light and sun. The sun exposure simply is not an issue with the improved cultivar.

In your foundation plantings, make sure to use this product with pride. For example, run them in a row over a long distance to create a carefree hedge. You can hide unattractive views in such a way.


Scotch Pine


Scotch pine trees are some of the most commonly known and loved trees in the world. They are called Pinus sylvestris and are native to North America.

Even if you have never grown this tree in your yard, you have probably had this tree in your home at some point. In fact, it is one of the most traditional trees to decorate for Christmas.

The pyramid shape and the gray-green color make the pyramid an attractive addition to any landscape. The pyramid is easily the easiest evergreen to care for of all evergreens.

In fact, it tolerates almost any soil, but it is especially fond of sandy and clay soils. It is tolerant of temperatures well below zero degrees Fahrenheit.

Even in Siberia, where the ground does not thaw completely, it thrives, so you know it will thrive in your area’s winter climate as well.

A lot of shade is probably the only thing that is going to prevent this tree from flourishing. The optimal performance of this plant can only be achieved with a good amount of sun exposure during the day.

Unlike other pine trees, it grows quickly for a pine tree and can tolerate prolonged periods of drought. A durable, low-maintenance choice for shade or full sun conditions, Scotch Pine will anchor your border plantings or soften the edges of your garage by growing in a sheltered spot.

In terms of the festive season, well, it’s perfect for the classic Christmas tree look, which is truly unbeatable, isn’t it?