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Regional Picks: Unusual Evergreens – Mountain West

Fine Gardening - Issue 160

1. ‘Cream Puff’ Deodar Cedar

Name: Cedrus deodara ‘Cream Puff’

USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 9

Size: Up to 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil

This dwarf true cedar makes an excellent focal point with its wispy, pyramidal habit. A great companion to small crabapples, ‘Cream Puff’ Deodar cedar has lime-colored needles and white-tipped branches that nod down, complementing the crabapples’ small red fruit. This an excellent choice for areas with heavy, wet snows, which it sheds easily. The delicate branches are resistant to sunscald. ‘Cream Puff’ Deodar cedar truly lives up to its moniker and is sure to brighten even the darkest of winter days.


2. Sonoran Scrub Oak

Name: Quercus turbinella

Zones: 6 to 10

Size: Up to 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil

Sonoran scrub oak looks most striking on a bright, clear winter day, its spiny gray-green leaves standing out…

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