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Columnar Trees & Shrubs: Our 7 Go-to Plants for Narrow Spaces

Apr 15, 2017 6:30:00 AM

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McKay Staff

in Plant Care Landscaping Tips Plants

If your landscape has limited space, but you need some vertical visual interest then these columnar trees and shrubs are just for you! 

 

 

Douglas Fir

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Our Douglas Fir is a beautiful, tall growing, conical form tree with spreading horizontal branches that are quite flexible. Needles are 1 inch long, and a soft bluish-green color. A rapid growing tree that prefers moist, acidic soil and wind protection. Requires a well-drained soil. Matures to be around 40-60' high.

Douglas Fir Quick Facts:

Color: Green, Blue
Plant Size: Around 40-60' tall x 12-20' wide
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones: 4 - 6

 

 

 

Taylor Juniper

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Taylor Juniper is an excellent, extremely narrow upright selection. It has dark green color in summer and a purple tone in winter. It's the perfect evergreen for a narrow space to create a screen in the landscape. This conifer needs full sun and well-drained soil. At its maturity it will grow to be 18-20' tall x 2' wide.

Taylor Juniper Quick Facts:

Color: Green, Purple (purple tone in winter)
Plant Size: Around 18-20' tall x 2' wide
Sunlight: Full Sun 
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones: 4 - 7

 

 

 

 

Holmstrup Arborvitae

Columnar Trees & Shrubs: Our 8 Go-to for Narrow Spaces

Photo credit: Gammon Landscape Nursery

 

The Holmstrup Arborvitae is an introduction from Denmark. It's a very compact, slow growing, pyramid with rich-green foliage. This evergreen does well in light shade and poor drainage. It's an excellent plant for smaller landscapes. Great year round color. Mature size is around 6-8' tall x 3-4' wide.

Holmstrup Arborvitae Quick Facts:

Color: Green
Plant Size: Around 6-8' tall x 3-4' wide
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Wet
Growing Zones: 3 - 7

  

 

 

 

Cleveland Select Pear

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The Cleveland Select Pear is an excellent ornamental pear. It has a pyramidal shape and is one of the hardier Callery Pears. It has dark, glossy-green foliage and very odoriferous white flowers. The foliage turns a brilliant red and purple color in the fall. This pear tree does not produce any fruit. Mature size is around 25'-30' tall x 15' wide. Hardiness zone 5.

Cleveland Select Pear Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: May
Color: Green, Purple, Red, White
Plant Size: Around 25-30' tall x 15' wide
Bloom Color: White
Fall Color: Red-purple
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones: 5 - 8

 

 

 

 

Upright Red Chokeberry

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The Upright Red Chokeberry is an excellent replacement in the landscape for Columnar Buckthorn. It has a very pronounced, upright growth with exceptional red fall color. This plant does well in heavier soils and is quite shade tolerant. This shrub has excellent red fruit that grows in clusters.

Upright Red Chokeberry Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: May
Color: Green, Orange, Red, White, Yellow
Plant Size: Around 5-7' tall x 5-7' wide
Flower Color: White
Fall Color: Red, yellow, orange
Fruit: Red
Sunlight: Full Sun to Full Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Wet, Dry
Growing Zones: 4 - 8

 

 

 

 

 

Pydramidal Arborvitae

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The Pyramidal Arborvitae is a fast growing and narrow evergreen. It has a formal, fan-shaped outline with bright-green, soft foliage. This evergreen requires little or no trimming to maintain its narrow form. This will mature to be around 18-25' tall x 3-5' wide.

Pydramidal Arborvitae Quick Facts:

Color: Green
Plant Size: Around 18-25' tall x 3-5' wide
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Wet
Growing Zones: 3 - 7

 

 

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