Add Winter Protection with an Evergreen Tree

As you crank your thermostat up yet again, think about adding a tree or two. Evergreens offer a wonderful buffer against winter winds when planted on the north and northwest sides of your property. Plus, they offer four-season beauty, shelter for birds and make great screening plants.

Two evergreens that make excellent windbreaks are:

  • Black Hills spruce: This dense, slow growing conifer makes an excellent windbreak. Reaching 30 to 40 feet high and 15 to 20 feet wide, it fits well in smaller areas in full sun. Mid-green needles and a strong pyramidal shape are reminiscent of a Christmas tree.
  • Colorado blue spruce: A classic large evergreen tree for the Midwest, the steel blue needles of this medium grower give an impression of distance. At 50 to 60 feet high and 25 to 30 feet wide, this can be an impressive specimen plant. It does best in full sun.

Two conifers that do best in suburban yards with a little wind protection are:

  • Serbian spruce: The sweeping branch habit of this graceful spruce creates an elegant look. The tips will be bluish and the pendulous branchlets glossy green. This spruce does best in part shade and is a medium grower reaching 50 to 60 feet high and 20 to 25 feet wide.
  • Eastern white pine: Our native pine, whine pine is a fast growing evergreen with soft, thin needles. Pyramidal in youth, this tree will become flat topped and picturesque with age. At 60 to 70 feet high and 30 to 40 feet wide, white pine does well in part shade and full sun.

Need help siting your trees? Our landscape designers are looking forward to the snow melting and getting folks started with projects. We offer one-hour in-store landscape coaching appointments for $50, on site appointments start at $95 for the first hour, plus scale drawings and installations. You can find more details here. Call 630-355-4000 or email

Aurora Location

2000 Montgomery Road,

Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

Naperville Location

25w471 Plank Road,

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

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