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Strongly scented dwarf conifer #816953

Asked November 27, 2022, 3:32 PM EST

Hello, I have a question about what plant you would recommend for growing in my yard that is very strongly evergreen scented and that doesn't get too big. One that could also tolerate partial shade would be good but not necessary. I've been looking into Alaska cedar or Leyland Cypress but could use some expert advice. Thanks!

Kent County Michigan

Expert Response

Hello,

Leyland Cypress (Cupressocyparis leyladii) and Alaska cedar (Xanthocyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’) have cedar-like fragrances. Both of them can become very large trees. Read more here: https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=a161

And here: https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=273782&isprofile=1&basic=Xanthocyparis%20nootkatensis%20%27Pendula%27

If it is a pine fragrance that you would prefer, choose from a White pine, Balsam fir, Fraser fir, Douglas fir or Scotch pine. However, these too are large trees.

Also, these trees should be sited in full sun.

You can research smaller species of these trees on the internet, including the website of the American Conifer Society: https://conifersociety.org/conifers/learn/conifer-sizes-growth-rates/

Such smaller trees are: https://nfs.unl.edu/woody-plants/eastern-white-pine

And here: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/pinus-strobus-nana/

I hope this helps you find a tree that you would like.

Thank you for contacting Ask Extension.


Susan I. Campbell Replied November 28, 2022, 6:02 PM EST

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