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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.