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17 Outdoor Plants to Decorate Your Christmas

House Decorated for Christmas

Transform your garden into a festive paradise with the enchanting beauty of outdoor Christmas plants. From the whimsical Frosty Fern to the majestic Douglas Fir, these living decorations will turn your home into a winter wonderland. Elevate your holiday spirit as we explore 17 of the best outdoor Christmas plants that promise to add a touch of magic to your garden. Let nature’s ornaments take center stage this season!

Frosty Fern

Frosty Fern

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Botanical Name: Selaginella kraussiana

The Frosty Fern, adorned with dense green leaves and silver tips, brings elegance to your garden. It is ideal for those seeking a unique outdoor Christmas plant.

Rosemary

Rosemary

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Botanical Name: Salvia rosmarinus

With gray-green needle-like leaves and charming pink and white flowers, Rosemary is a festive choice, infusing fragrance and visual appeal into your holiday landscape.

Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk Island Pine

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Botanical Name: Araucaria heterophylla

The Norfolk Island Pine is a global favorite, featuring soft needle-like leaves and whorled branches, promising a picturesque addition to your outdoor Christmas display.

Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir

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Botanical Name: Pseudotsuga menziesii

A beautiful and easy-to-maintain outdoor Christmas plant, the Douglas Fir captivates with its impressive height, making it a focal point in any festive garden.

Lemon Cypress

Lemon Cypress

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Botanical Name: Hesperocyparis macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest’

The Lemon Cypress resembles a golden Christmas tree and boasts an upright pyramidal shape, adding a touch of brilliance to your outdoor holiday decor.

Dwarf Alberta Spruce

Dwarf Alberta Spruce

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Botanical Name: Picea glauca

The Dwarf Alberta Spruce, with its bright green needle-like leaves and pyramidal shape, effortlessly mimics the charm of a classic Christmas tree. Its compact size makes it a perfect choice for smaller outdoor spaces.

Colorado Blue Spruce

Colorado Blue Spruce

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Botanical Name: Picea pungens

Also known as Green or White Spruce, the Colorado Blue Spruce stands out with its blue-silver foliage, thanks to prickly needles on dark barks—a coveted choice for a festive atmosphere.

Fraser Fir

Fraser Fir

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Botanical Name: Abies fraseri

With silvery blue-green needles on sturdy branches and a delightful fragrance, the Frazer Fir is a go-to option for outdoor Christmas decorations. It promises to bring charm and scent to your holiday landscape.

Noble Fir

Noble Fir

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Botanical Name: Abies procera

An easy-to-grow tree requiring full sun, the Noble Fir boasts a columnar shape and beautiful upward-folding needles, revealing its attractive red-brown wood—a resilient and visually appealing choice.

Arizona Cypress

Arizona Cypress

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Botanical Name: Cupressus arizonica

Among the most stunning Living Christmas Trees, the Arizona Cypress charms with its soft gray-green needles that fill the air with an enticing fragrance—a perfect choice for a festive atmosphere.

Red Cedar

Red Cedar

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Botanical Name: Juniperus virginiana

The Red Cedar, with its dark scale-like foliage and occasional blue-purple fruits, stands out as a unique and visually appealing outdoor Christmas plant—a natural choice for those seeking diversity in their holiday garden.

Leyland Cypress

Leyland Cypress

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Botanical Name: Cupressus × leylandii

Cherished for its blue-green needles and globular cones, the Leyland Cypress embodies the Christmas spirit. Versatile and visually striking, it’s an excellent choice for a festive landscape.

Virginia Pine

Virginia Pine

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Botanical Name: Pinus virginiana

Thriving in clay or sandy loam soils with full sun, the Virginia Pine features clusters of bright green-yellow needle-like leaves, adding a touch of brilliance to your outdoor Christmas landscape.

Monterey Pine

Monterey Pine

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Botanical Name: Pinus radiata

Preferring full to partial sun, the Monterey Pine is an evergreen conifer with vibrant needle-like leaves. Its upward growth adds a touch of elegance to your outdoor Christmas setting.

Scotch Pine

Scotch Pine

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Botanical Name: Pinus sylvestris

With a distinctive orange-brown bark and round trees adorned with needle-like leaves and pine cones, the Scotch Pine promises to be a great living Christmas tree, adding charm and tradition to your festive landscape.

White Fir

White Fir

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Botanical Name: Abies concolor

With dense pale green foliage, the White Fir emerges as one of the best outdoor Christmas plants. Ensure it receives ample sunlight throughout the day for optimal growth and vibrancy.

Eastern White Pine

Eastern White Pine

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Botanical Name: Pinus strobus

Featuring slender blue-green needle-like leaves and long yellow-brown cones, the Eastern White Pine, with its gray bark, offers a visually appealing and traditional choice for Christmas landscapes.

 

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