Winter Green Varieties

From the ancient Druids to the early Romans to the modern family home—decking the halls with evergreen boughs helps us brighten the darkest time of year. Cut evergreens literally and figuratively bring a bit of spring and life to contrast the cold, dark, snowy weather.

Here are a few of our favorite greens for indoor and outdoor display.

Noble Fir

Noble fir has short needles that are a deep blue green. The boughs are very sturdy and give great structure to winter arrangements. Its tightly packed needles and symmetrical shape are long lasting, both indoors and out.


There are a multitude of cedar varieties that are easily found. Western red cedar have flat, soft boughs that are fan shaped. Incense cedar has bright yellow-green foliage with masses of tiny yellow cones. The boughs are soft and lacey. Both varieties have beautiful drape and add softness to any arrangement.

White Pine

White pine, or princess pine, have long, sturdy boughs, with long, soft needles. A yellow-tinged bright green, white pine has the best traditional fragrance of the cut evergreens. White pine creates large masses easily, and combines great structure with drapey needles.


Magnolia boughs have broad leaves that are shiny dark green on one side and velvety matte brown on the other. Magnolia adds beautiful contrast to mixed greens and is the mark of a truly elevated winter display.


Juniper has a tough, gnarled bough and short silver-blue needles. Its silver-tinged blue berries bring an unexpected pop of color. Juniper is distinctly aromatic and long lasting.

Whichever greens you choose for your entry pots, door garland or winter table, they will bring a sense of life, renewal and peace to your winter holiday celebrations.