Crushing on fruity-fragrant conifers

We love conifers for their clean, crisp, resin-y conifer scent, but did you know that some of these tough, hardy, easy-growing shrubs have foliage with distinctly fruity scents? Here are just five to consider when thinking about what to plant this spring.

(Note that these are not for smaller gardens as they get quite large with age, though some can be sheared hard to retain a more compact size. If you have the space, both make excellent evergreen hedges or green privacy screens.)

Malonyana Arborvitae

Shiny, mint-green foliage has a unique pineapple scent when crushed. Extremely narrow habit makes this an ideal replacement for Italian cypress in cold climates. Reaches up to 30 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide. Zone: 4 – 8

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 Green Sport Western Red Cedar

Shiny foliage has a scent of fresh apples. Narrow and conical, this trouble-free evergreen tree responds well to shearing. Reaches up to 12 ft. tall and 5 ft. wide in ten years (larger when fully mature). Zone: 5 – 9

Border at The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens with Erica x darleyensis 'Arthur Johnson', Picea pungens 'Pendula', Cupressus sempervirens 'Green Pencil' and Cupressus macrocarpa 'Donard Gold' in the distance.

Donard Gold Monterey Cypress

Fragrant foliage is reminiscent of ripe lemony-citrus. Provides an attractive tall backdrop for low shrubs. Makes a handsome hedge or screen. Reaches up to 30 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide. Zone: 7 – 10

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Candicans White Fir

Silvery blue needles have a distinct tangerine peel/lemony scent on a symmetrically shaped shrub. One of the most adaptable, drought and heat resistance of firs. Reaches up to 15 ft. tall and 10 ft. wide. Zone: 4 – 8

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Moonglow Juniper

Exceptionally showy, silvery blue foliage with the rich scent of apples and lemons. Tough and waterwise, with a dense compact branching habit that resists grazing by deer. Reaches up to 20 ft. high and 8 ft. wide. Zone: 3 – 7

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