Zone 3 Evergreen Plants – Choosing Cold Hardy Shrubs And Trees

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If you live in zone 3, you have chilly winters when the temperature can dip into negative territory. While this may give tropical plants pause, many evergreens love crisp winter weather. Hardy evergreen shrubs and trees will thrive. Which are the best zone 3 evergreen plants? Read on for information about evergreens for zone 3.

Evergreens for Zone 3

You’ll need cold climate evergreens if you are a gardener living in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 3. The USDA developed the zone system dividing the nation into 13 planting zones based on the lowest winter temperatures. Zone 3 is the third coldest designation. One state can contain multiple zones. For example, about half of Minnesota is in zone 3 and half is in zone 4. Bits of the state on the northern border are tagged as zone 2. Many hardy evergreen shrubs and trees are conifers. These often thrive in zone 3 and, therefore, classify as zone 3 evergreen plants. A few broad-leaf plants also work as evergreen plants in zone 3.

Zone 3 Evergreen Plants

Many conifers can adorn your garden if you live in zone 3. Conifer trees that qualify as cold climate evergreens include Canada hemlock and Japanese yew. Both of these species will do better with wind protection and moist soil. Fir and pine trees usually thrive in zone 3. These include balsam fir, white pine, and Douglas fir, although all three of these species need filtered sunlight. If you want to grow a hedge of evergreen plants in zone 3, you might consider planting junipers . Youngston juniper and Bar Harbor juniper will perform well.

Teo Spengler

Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.