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Southwestern Zones
James Carrier


1. Eldarica Pine ‘Christmas Blue’ (Pinus eldarica)
Description: Shapely with dense bluish foliage; ideal for dry, hot, windy areas
Growth Rate and Height: Fast-growing and large (30 to 80 feet tall and 15 to 25 feet wide)
Zones: 6–10

2. Allepo Pine (Pinus Halepensis)
Description: Short branches covered in light green foliage; open branch habit is great for ornaments
Growth Rate and Height: Fast-growing and medium (30 to 60 feet tall and 20 feet wide)
Zones: 6–10

3. Leyland Cypress ‘Emerald Isle’ (Cupressocyparis leylandii)
Description: Fast-growing but easily kept smaller with pruning; narrow, pyramidal shape and soft, deep-green foliage
Growth Rate and Height: Fast-growing and small (20 to 25 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide or 10 to 15 feet tall and 5 to 7 feet wide, if pruned)
Zones: 6–9

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