Rocky Mountain Juniper

A very hardy, drought-resistant tree that is native to southwest North Dakota. It has a silver-green foliage and blue berry-like cones. Will reach 15 feet in height at maturity. Plant 6 to 12 feet apart in a windbreak.

Eastern Red Cedar

Similar in appearance to Rocky Mountain Juniper but has a reddish winter color. Very hardy tree considered by many to be the most important conifer for wildlife plantings in the Northern Plains. This specie should be selected over Rocky Mt. Juniper for planting in eastern North and South Dakota and MN because of its faster growth rate. Will reach 25 feet in height at maturity.

Black Hills Spruce

Noted for its dark green foliage and conical form. Prefers heavier soils, adequate moisture, and clean cultivation. It will reach a height of 40 feet. Plant 8 to 12 ft apart. Very resistant to winter injury and has fewer insect and disease problems than most spruces.

Colorado Blue Spruce

Prefers heaveier soils, full sun,and average moisture. Color varies from deep green to silver-blue. It is probably the most drought tolerant of all spruces. Plant 12 feet apart to allow wind movement for cultural disease management. Mature height 60 feet.

Ponerosa Pine

Once established, it is very drought resistant. Grows well on most soils including very sand sites and sites with little topsoil. Approximately 55 feet in height at maturity. Competes well with grass and is a good choice for sod planting. Native species.

Scotch Pine

A very winter hardy, and suited for planting throughout the Great Plains and Southern Canada. These trees naturally turn golden in the fall to protect itself from winter burn. Prefer sandy loam or heavier soils adn are generally considered teh fastes growing evergreen in the MIdwest. Mature height about 40 ft. Plant 8 to 12 feet apart.