Mountain Evergreen Shrubs
The high altitude of the mountain areas can be a barrier for cultivating evergreen shrubs and trees which can grow happily in low level plain areas. Even the experienced gardening professionals need to pick up the correct shrub varieties which can suit for the harsh environment in the mountain locations. The climate in most high altitude areas are featured in the extreme coldness and strong winds. Luckily there are some evergreen shrubs which can tolerate the coarse mountain conditions and they can be your buddies to decorate your gardens.
Mugo pine tree is a common evergreen tree which can grow well in high altitude areas more than 9000 feet high. Originated from European countries, they can reach up to 10 feet in height and they prefer well-drained soil conditions with adequate sunlight. Although they can tolerate harsh environments well, they are easily to be infected by some insects such as pine weevils. Some pesticide can be helpful to control these pests.
The Buffalo Juniper tree is another evergreen tree which can be the choice of gardening in mountain areas. They can survive in various coarse conditions and can reach up to 8 feet in height. They have dense green foliage which is composed of feather-like leaflets. They are very hardy trees in mountain areas and they can tolerate most harsh conditions like drought conditions and extreme coldness. They usually need very little maintenance which can save you a lot of efforts on the pruning and feeding work.
Image provided By USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Herman, D.E. et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook. USDA NRCS ND State Soil Conservation Committee; NDSU Extension and Western Area Power Admin., Bismarck, ND. () [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons