By Nancy Penrose

Here are some great landscaping trees that will enhance any landscape in Washington state.

5. Douglas Fir

  • Growth Rate is Moderate
  • Mature Size 80′ Tall x 30′ Wide
  • Likes full sun to partial shade
  • Evergreen

The Douglas fir is a dense evergreen native to our area. It has a strong pyramidal shape when young and has a tendency to limb itself up as it matures. Its size will be difficult to control in urban landscapes so it is best to have adequate space for this large native tree. Needles are soft and occasionally have a bluish tint.

4. Emerald Green Arborvitae

  • Growth Rate is Slow
  • Mature Size 20′ Tall x 4′ Wide
  • Likes full sun to partial shade
  • Evergreen

The Emerald Green Arborvitae is one of the most popular and dependable screening trees for our area. They are often planted in rows to create a ?Natural? barrier. The Emerald Green is a dense evergreen that maintains its deep green color all year. Because of its columnar growth habit, and limited spread, the Emerald Green is an appropriate selection for small planting spaces.

If planted correctly, Emerald Greens will form a low maintenance solid hedge. The dense and columnar growth habit of Emerald Greens means that they require little maintenance and no pruning. However, Emeralds can easily be sheared back to limit their spread and the tops can be trimmed to create uniform heights. Emerald Greens are often planted on two-foot centers. As with all Big Trees Inc. stock, our Emerald Greens are field grown and are balled and burlapped. Field grown stock is known to be fuller and healthier than container grown stock.

3. Red Pointe Maple

  • Average Growth Rate is Moderate
  • Mature Size 50′ Tall x 30′ Wide
  • Like full sun
  • Deciduous

The Red Pointe Maple is a beautiful pyramidal maple with a relatively carefree growth habit, narrower than others, making it an excellent large shade tree for more compact landscapes. Dark green foliage turns a brilliant red in early autumn.

2.?Thundercloud Plum

  • Average Growth Rate is Moderate
  • Mature Size 20′ Tall x 20′ Wide
  • Like full sun to partial shade
  • Deciduous
  • Flowers: Single pink flowers in early spring

The Thundercloud plum has dependable purple foliage throughout the growing season. It is not fruit bearing but does produce single pink flowers in early spring. A reliable tree that is adaptable to most growing conditions.

1. Weeping Willow?

  • Average Growth Rate is Moderate to Fast
  • Mature Size 50′ Tall x 40′ Wide
  • Likes full sun to partial shade
  • Deciduous

The weeping willow is a great selection for adding character to a landscape. Known for its graceful, low sweeping branch structure and unique shape. The weeping willow is commonly found near streams, lakes and wetlands but is adaptable to drier soils as well. The weeping willow has winter interest due to its golden winter stems.

If you?d like to see samples of these trees or some of the other 120,000 trees that we have available in over 300 varieties, call Big Trees at 360-563-2700, or come visit us in tree nursery in Snohomish and talk to our tree specialists. See the map below.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (, (tree nursery Seattle / Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree preservation at and for more tips on big trees care or installation go to our video at and connect with us on Facebook at

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