pine vs. spruce

Asked July 9, 2018, 10:24 AM EDT

Hi there, My husband and I are planning to purchase a few evergreens for our yard and are wondering about the benefits of pine vs. spruce. We like the evergreens for the all-year-round color and coverage. The trees will be located in-between the street and a fence. Thank you! Chris and Matthew

Dakota County Minnesota evergreens tree recommendations horticulture

2 Responses

Many spruce and pine species are suitable for growing in Minnesota, any of which may serve your purpose depending upon your landscape objectives and aesthetic preferences.

Most conifers, especially pines, are sensitive to salt so they might not be a good choice for the location you have described if road salt or salt spray could reach them.

You should be able to use the information in this bulletin to make an informed choice:

Thank you so much for your quick response! This is very helpful.