8 Small Evergreen Shrubs for Your Landscape

Blue Star Juniper

The blue-gray leaf of the blue star juniper (Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star') is one of its most notable features. Blue star junipers have short, blue-green needles that are tightly grouped in whorls of three and overlap.

Mountain Laurel

The dwarf form of the broadleaf evergreen, mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia 'Minuet'), has the potential to reach considerable heights.

False Cypress ‘Golden Mop’ 

'Golden Mop' is a cultivar of yellow-needled evergreen shrub of the Cupressaceae (cypress) family that is native to Japan. It can take up to ten years for it to reach two feet in height due to its slow growth. 

Dwarf Azalea

Rhododendron japonicum dwarf azaleas, or Amoena hybrids, are descended from the Japanese azalea known as "Amoenum," which was first imported around 1850.

Dwarf Alberta Spruce

Dwarf Alberta Spruces (Picea glauca 'Conica') are categorized as shrubs, yet they eventually develop to be 10-foot dwarf trees.

Gem Box Inkberry Holly

The 'Gem Box' cultivar creates a dense ball-shaped shrub that matures at 3 feet, while most broadleaf evergreen shrubs (Ilex glabra) reach a height of 5 to 10 feet.

Japanese Holly ‘Compacta’

This little cultivar of Ilex Crenata, sometimes known as the Box Leafed Holly, has a low, compact, globose growth habit, small black fruit, and lush, dark green foliage.

Little Giant Dwarf Aborvitae

'Little Giant' (Thuja occidentalis 'Little Giant') is a small, globe-shaped, evergreen shrub, yet many Arborvitae grow fairly tall and conical. It is ideal for specimen planting with blooming plants, hedges