Evergreen trees provide the perfect habitat for wildlife in any season, as they do not lose their leaves in the winter. Evergreen trees in Arkansas range in hardiness zones from six to eight, according to the USDA hardiness zone ratings. This means that gardeners from this state will be choosing from evergreen trees that are hardy. Evergreen trees require very little maintenance at all times of the year and add beauty to the landscape.
Southern magnolias are recognizable by their large, broad size and fragrant white flowers. The timber of this tree is hard and fulfills various commercial purposes. Like other evergreen trees, the southern magnolia is easy to take care of, but the foliage can cause problems in high traffic areas.
American hollies are a common symbol of the Christmas season. These evergreen trees have bright red berries and people use their foliage in wreaths and other arrangements during the Christmas season. American hollies are available in dwarf sizes to large sizes and come in a variety of colors such as blue forms, green forms and variegated foliage forms. American hollies come in varying shapes such as columnar, pyramid or rounded forms.
Eastern Red Cedar
The eastern red cedar grows all over the plains of the eastern U.S., including Arkansas. The base of the eastern red cedar is narrow and the trunk is angled and buttressed. The grain of these trees is fine and the wood is pinkish, brownish to reddish in color with an appealing fragrance. Eastern red cedar trees are known for being rot-resistant, and people often use the wood to make fence posts and other structures that will need to withstand weather and pests. Eastern red cedar wood is also in high demand for furniture markets due to its hardiness and fragrance. The fragrance of this wood makes it unattractive to moths and many other insects, making it a popular choice for many gardeners and plant lovers.
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