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Voting Booth: What is your favorite evergreen tree?

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Schenectady, NY


December 5, 2011
9:50 AM

Post #8917223

There are a total of 136 votes:


Holly
(17 votes, 12%)
Red dot


Pine
(29 votes, 21%)
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Juniper
(6 votes, 4%)
Red dot


Cedar
(22 votes, 16%)
Red dot


Spruce
(27 votes, 19%)
Red dot


Palm Tree!
(19 votes, 13%)
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Other. (tell us!)
(16 votes, 11%)
Red dot


Previous Polls

podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 5, 2011
10:35 AM

Post #8917270

Always one to be different. I chose other.
Cedar is pretty but makes my sinuses go bonkers.
Pines grow here like weeds.
Palm trees appeal to me because of the warmer climate. Grrrrr!

But I like herbs and I like edibles and I like the pretty foliage on my evergreen Laurus nobilis ~ bay laurel. Other!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 5, 2011
10:45 AM

Post #8917287

Had to go with our native cedars - such majestic trees.
DeeS
Ladoga, IN
(Zone 6a)

December 5, 2011
10:57 AM

Post #8917297

I love blue spruce!
mamasita
Southern Dutchess Co, NY
(Zone 5b)

December 5, 2011
11:09 AM

Post #8917309

I voted other. The Japanese Umbrella Pine (which isn't a pine at all) is my favorite evergreen.
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 5, 2011
11:57 AM

Post #8917372

Ponderosa pine

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 5, 2011
11:59 AM

Post #8917376

Hemlock

Doug
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

December 5, 2011
12:11 PM

Post #8917385

When I say Cedar, I mean trees in the genus Cedrus. They are my absolute favorite Northern hemisphere gymnosperms.

As for my favorite evergreen in general: Rhododendron. No doubt about it.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

December 5, 2011
12:40 PM

Post #8917427

Voted Spruce because I have a big old one in my backyard. But I love Cedar and Holly just as much.
Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

December 5, 2011
2:10 PM

Post #8917584

I said palm because I love them and a lot of the evergreens (pine, spruce, etc) don't do that well around here. When I go colder climates, there are some evergreens that I just love. The weeping varieties are just too cool.
Barb
grandmamoses6
Gulfport, MS

December 5, 2011
2:13 PM

Post #8917586

Palms make me feel like I'm at the beach 24/7
Pughbear7
Tulsa, OK
(Zone 6b)

December 5, 2011
3:06 PM

Post #8917640

I agree with bsimpson1972. when I was looking over the choices the true cedar came to mind and not the one everyone in the southern plains call cedars, which is an extension of the juniperus genus.
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 5, 2011
3:06 PM

Post #8917641

As a live plant in situ, my favorite is toyon. (Ignore the dead virgin's bower in the picture.)

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 5, 2011
3:19 PM

Post #8917655

Pines, cedars, spruces, firs - all the conifers in the family Pinaceae

And ditto to cedars being cedars - junipers shouldn't be called cedars, because they aren't.

Resin
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


December 5, 2011
5:54 PM

Post #8917812

Magnolia grandiflora

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 5, 2011
5:57 PM

Post #8917815

I voted other. Living in Minnesota, you have a vast array of evergreens.
We have the biggest Red, (Norway), Pine in the world.
Minnesota was once covered in huge White Pines. Many went to rebuild Chicago after the great fire.
Northern Minnesota has Spruce bogs, which are actually covered with Spruce, Balsam, & Cedar. Here & there are some Tamarack.
We moved to this place in 1982. We planted 6 Spruce about 6" high that we dug out of my wife's families original farm. They are now well over 30 feet tall. Also have a Spruce that my daughter got for reading in school in the 1st grade. Beautiful tree.
Here is a snowy Spruce limb after the snow on Saturday.

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temafilly
Oconomowoc, WI
(Zone 4b)

December 5, 2011
6:04 PM

Post #8917822

Hi All,
I`d have to say the Pines (specifically White Pines) are my favored Evergreen up here in Z4; they`re just a soft tree. The wind just sighs through them, the needles` touch is more like a caress, and the snow covers the boughs so very delicately. Then there`s the scent of them after a summer rain...we have a small, mature stand of 6 in one corner of the back yard, and they perfume the whole property.
FlowrLady
-South Central-, IL
(Zone 6a)

December 6, 2011
7:46 AM

Post #8918515

I'm not an educated 'tree' person, but I really like Colorado spruces a lot. My grandfather had two huge ones in his front yard and every Christmas season the fire dept. would come string lights on it. It's a childhood memory, so I like CO spruces a lot, but I picked 'holly' because I love the red berries in the cold winter. They add some color, which is greatly needed.
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 6, 2011
9:35 AM

Post #8918634

I've given it some more thought, and maybe my favorite evergreen is the giant sequoia, or maybe the coast redwood. I like the huge pine tree at the house on the next street and I like to watch the neighbor's palm trees sway in the wind. Oh, there is so much from which to choose. It's all good.
McCool
Millbury, MA
(Zone 5a)

December 6, 2011
2:56 PM

Post #8919052

Other -- balsam fir! I do like holly and various pines, but that "Christmas tree smell" makes all the difference.

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

December 6, 2011
3:07 PM

Post #8919067

There is an alligator juniper that lives in my back yard and I really enjoy that tree. Nice shade in the summer. The deer and javalinas munch on the berries. And the aroma of the tree is just great.
frogymon
Lisle, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 6, 2011
4:11 PM

Post #8919159

My Anna apple is evergreen, which is odd for an apple, though it does lose some leaves, just doesn't go bare.

RosemaryK

RosemaryK
Lexington, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 6, 2011
4:33 PM

Post #8919171

I second the motion for magnolia grandiflora, but also for hardy hybrid camellias, rhododendrons, American native hollies including longstalk holly, then hemlocks, firs,spruce, and pine trees.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 6, 2011
5:16 PM

Post #8919212

Red Cedar
Vernonimous
Port Elizabeth
South Africa

December 7, 2011
1:32 AM

Post #8919661

I love my 3 Coral trees. They are magnificent!

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mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 7, 2011
10:28 AM

Post #8920066

All citrus trees.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

December 7, 2011
1:17 PM

Post #8920317

I guess I would go for the blue spruce and it does have a fragrance, but you can't beat the balsam for that Christmassy smell.
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

December 7, 2011
4:03 PM

Post #8920555

Magnolia with large white flowers. Luciee {;^)
digforrestdig
West Palm Beach, FL

December 7, 2011
4:22 PM

Post #8920588

Other...
Jamaican Caper Tree has flowers that look like fireworks. Turns from white to red to purple in one day. And their seed pods are very strange very strange indeed. It is native here in South Florida zone 10A.
dogwalker
Marlborough, MA
(Zone 5b)

December 7, 2011
8:08 PM

Post #8920869

Weeping Norway Spruce
Okyo
Manassas, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 8, 2011
8:40 AM

Post #8921353

Holly trees in my yard along with the ones that grow in the wild all around my property brings out the warm feeling of the holliday spirt. I use branches I trim from the wild ones to decorate inside my home.
rampbrat
Abilene, TX
(Zone 7b)

December 8, 2011
3:49 PM

Post #8921918

As a Texan, I'm partial to live oak. But I do love any of the pines, firs, and spruces. I just wish they grew around here! In my part of the state about the only pine that grows is the Afghan pine and I would grow it, if I had a big enough yard. Last time I was in northern California I fell in love with all the beautiful evergreens.
Bloomfly22
Palmdale, CA
(Zone 8a)

December 8, 2011
8:05 PM

Post #8922191

Voted palms because the palms here in south CA have magnificent blooms. Heres a photo. (Mexican fan palm)

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twinkielee
Minden, LA

December 9, 2011
9:30 AM

Post #8922632

The beautiful loblolly pines. They are my favorites year 'round, whether glistening under a rare snowfall or whispering on a hot, humid summer afternoon.
RebeccaLynn
Winston Salem, NC
(Zone 7a)

December 9, 2011
8:30 PM

Post #8923396

Holly trees are most beautiful when you're walking in the woods and come upon one by surprise - especially a very large one full of red berries. They were so plentiful on my grandfather's farm in the 1920's that every Christmas a holly tree was cut and brought into the parlor as the family Christmas tree.
jimwil22
rhinelander, WI
(Zone 4a)

December 10, 2011
2:49 AM

Post #8923532

balsam fir , or eastern white pine
Merryhat
Alton, MO

December 10, 2011
8:05 AM

Post #8923769

I had to choose the White Pine...I just love their long, soft needles!
coastalzonepush
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 10, 2011
12:39 PM

Post #8924081

i love palms, but the others knock them off the chart when it comes to decorating.
ericabelle
West Plains, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 11, 2011
5:22 AM

Post #8924723

Love pines because they remind me of growing up in Mississippi. Junipers and cedars are absolutely invaluable here in the southern Missouri area, though - they hold up to the extreme temps and the terrible soil the best.
Bloomfly22
Palmdale, CA
(Zone 8a)

December 11, 2011
8:38 AM

Post #8924973

I do love pines to though. Palm tree is tied with noble fir. I just made a wonderful wreath from the cut off branches.
coastalzonepush
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 11, 2011
3:00 PM

Post #8925419

the boughs stay fresh for wreaths wayyyy longer than palms, thats a plus
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 12, 2011
8:55 PM

Post #8927214

You make wreaths of palms? Trying to wrap my head around that one, but just can't visualize it. I'm not even remotely in palm country, though, so that may explain it.
coastalzonepush
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 13, 2011
1:41 PM

Post #8928130

lol, no not really. its not normal i agree. i did things like that with the palms on Palm Sunday in Catholic school, along with crosses and other arrangements.
Bloomfly22
Palmdale, CA
(Zone 8a)

December 14, 2011
5:35 PM

Post #8929857

No I made wreaths from the Noble Fir branches I cut off from my Christmas tree. Even I can't see being able to make wreaths from palm branches, but Mediterranean Palm stems are great for staking things.
coastalzonepush
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 15, 2011
12:30 PM

Post #8930805

no no no, sorry, i meant the actual leaflet! you 'split the palm' frond by tearing off the individual leaflets., the entire wreaths werent made of palm, they were mixed in. im sure you can use the entire frond, if using the right leaf. i found an example on google.

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Bloomfly22
Palmdale, CA
(Zone 8a)

December 15, 2011
5:08 PM

Post #8931116

Thats interesting. I think those are uncommon as ive never seen one.
RebeccaLynn
Winston Salem, NC
(Zone 7a)

December 30, 2011
2:55 PM

Post #8948125

Dwarf Hinoki Cypress (I hope I spelled it right). I love the color and shape of the plant and the feel of it. I have three of them planted alternating with Knockout Roses around a utility pole at the corner of my yard.

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