Weeping evergreens are a diverse family of trees admired across the globe for their beauty and diversity. The average variety resembles a smaller pine tree, with branches drooping down toward the ground, giving them their “weeping” appearance. These trees are planted throughout North America, and their unmistakable features can add gorgeous variety when landscaping.
The official classifications of weeping evergreens are almost as numerous as their many appearances. Popular weeping evergreens include Blue Spruce, Alaskan Cedar, Lebanese Spruce, and Japanese Red Pine. Although a few types may grow up to several dozen feet, most weeping evergreens have a limited stature that never exceeds ten feet at maturity.
The main difference between many types of weeping evergreens is the extent to which they exhibit weeping. Some evergreens, such as Weeping Serbian Spruce, have straight stems with their branches angled toward the ground. Others, like the Lebanese Spruce and Japanese Red Pine, have their stems as well as their branches bent downward.
These differences extend to their hardiness too. For instance, weeping evergreens like the Alaskan Cedar and Blue Spruce adapt well to severe wintery conditions. The Atlantic Cedar and similar kinds, however, may be damaged by temperatures exceeding -15 degrees Fahrenheit. Differences aside, evergreens are generally more adaptable to wintery conditions than other trees. All weeping evergreens perform well in acidic soil and full sunlight as well.
Since weeping evergreens exist as ground-hugging shrubs and tall plants with extensive branches, it's possible to use them for several landscaping purposes. Raising short trees like the Blue Spruce near gardens is popular. Larger weeping evergreens may be spaced out for stylistic upgrades and shade, though they should be limited in average sized yards, since too many evergreens near each other may detract from their uniqueness.
Weeping evergreens also retain their color and needles all winter. This makes them a fine choice for maintaining a shade of green during winter, when other trees are bare.