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Broadleaf Evergreens

... we only started with evergreens!

Even though our name is Johnston’s Evergreen Nursery, we do carry a full line of landscape plants.

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Azalea    Boxwood    Euonymus    Holly /Inkberry   

Kalmia /Mountain Laurel    Leucothoe    Pieris   Rhododendron   


Evergreen Azaleas

One of the most beloved landscape plants, Azaleas are actually a form of Rhododendron. Although these plants are evergreen a portion of the leaves will drop only to be replaced the following spring. Early to late spring brings a profusion of flowers in an array of colors. Plant in moist, acidic, well-drained, organic-rich soil in full sun to part shade.


Azalea gable ‘Karen’ KAREN AZALEA

3-4 ft. (Zone 5) Purple flowering, very hardy Azalea. Very similar to Herbert Azalea.

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Azalea gable ‘Purple Splendor’  PURPLE SPLENDOR AZALEA 

5 ft. (Zone 5)  Very nice hybrid with large purple hose-in-hose flowers.  Deep green foliage in summer with a slight tinge of red for winter.


Azalea gable ‘Stewartstonian’ STEWART’S AZALEA

5 ft. (Zone 5) Very hardy and popular Azalea. Blooms in mid-May with flowers that are brick-red. Glossy dark green foliage turns wine-red in fall.

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Azalea x 'Girard's Fuchsia’ GIRARD’S FUCHSIA AZALEA

2-3 ft. (Zone 5) Excellent variety with beautiful reddish-purple colored flowers. Very similar in color to Leslie Azalea.

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Azalea x 'Girard's Hot Shot’ GIRARD’S HOT SHOT AZALEA

2-3 ft. (Zone 5) A more upright variety than A. ‘Girard Scarlet’ with deep orangish-red to scarlet flowers. Leaves turn orangish-red in fall. Very hardy.

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Azalea ‘Girard's Pleasant White’ GIRARD’S PLEASANT WHITE AZALEA

2-3 ft. (Zone 5) Clear white flowers. Beautiful addition to any landscape. Very hardy.

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Azalea 'Girard Purple' GIRARD'S PURPLE AZALEA

3 ft.  (Zone 5)  More compact-growing that the A.g. 'Herbert' and extremely vigorous.  Superior color and growth habit to other lavender species.


Azalea 'Girard's Rose’ GIRARD’S ROSE AZALEA

4 ft. (Zone 5) Single deep bright (hot) pink flowers in mid-May. Dark green foliage turns dark red in fall. Upright growth habit. Very hardy.

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Azalea kurume ‘Blaaus’s Pink’ BLAAUS’S PINK AZALEA

4-5 ft. (Zone 5) A hardy Kurume hybrid with double camellia pink to peach pink flowers. Very similar to Rosebud Azalea in appearance with a little different colored flower.



Azalea kurume ‘Mother’s Day’  MOTHER’S DAY AZALEA  

4 ft. (Zone 5)  Large red flowers make this a very attractive plant in spring.  Wide spreading growth habit.



3-4 ft. (Zone 3)  Compact version of the very hardy A.y. poukhanense.


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Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’ GREEN MOUNTAIN BOXWOOD

4-5 ft. (Zone 5) Forms a perfect wide pyramidal oval, and is the most upright of the hybrids. Columnar and Trimmed Upright Forms.

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Buxus x ‘Green Velvet’ GREEN VELVET BOXWOOD

2-3 ft. (Zone 5) Rounded, full-bodied, and slow growing boxwood with small, dark green leaves. Also available trimmed flat on top.

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Buxus microphylla koreana ‘Wintergreen’  WINTERGREEN BOXWOOD

2 ft. (Zone 5)  Small, rounded broadleaf evergreen with glossy bright green foliage that becomes coppery to bronze-green in winter. Takes shearing well.



Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Wee Willie' (P.P.No.17,007) WEE WILLIE BOXWOOD

2 ft. (Zone 4)  Dense semi-dwarf broadleaf evergreen with emerald green foliage that retains its color in winter.  Leaf arrangement rotates around the stem, creating a unique texture.  Takes shearing well.


Buxus microphylla ‘Franklin’s Gem’  FRANKLIN’S GEM BOXWOOD

2-3 ft. (Zone 5)  Small, bright green leaves, dense rounded habit. Foliage turns olive in winter.  Tolerates shade/sun and different soils. Slow growing, takes well to pruning.


Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaity’ EMERALD GAITY EUONYMUS

(Zone 5) Very compact dwarf shrub having clearly marked white margins on rich green leaves.

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Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n Gold’ EMERALD ‘N GOLD EUONYMUS

2-3 ft. (Zone 5) Small green and gold variegated leaves are on this well known plant. The leaves will turn pinkish in cold weather and has been known to climb a trellis or wall if planted close enough.

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Euonymus fortunei ‘Moonshadow’ (P.P.No.6127) MOONSHADOW EUONYMUS

2 ft. (Zone 4) A sport of the E.f. ‘Sunspot’ but displays wavy, lighter yellow leaves with thin green margins. An excellent plant for border or low hedge.

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Ilex crenata ‘Green Lustre’  GREEN LUSTRE HOLLY

4 ft. (Zone 5)  Shiny green foliage on a compact-growing plant.


Ilex glabra 'Compacta' COMPACT INKBERRY

3-4 ft. (Zone 5)  Broadleaf evergreen with glossy green leaves.  Great for informal hedges, massing, or naturalizing.  Prefers moist, acidic soils.  Tolerates heavy pruning.  Plant in sun or shade.


Ilex glabra 'Shamrock' SHAMROCK INKBERRY

3-4 ft. (Zone 3)  A compact form of inkberry with somewhat smaller, flat, shiny dark green foliage.  Very good in masses or used as hedging.  Plant in sun or shade.


Ilex glabra ‘SMNIGAB17’ (P.P.No. 27,554)  GEM BOX® INKBERRY

24-36 in. (Zone 5)  Small rounded broadleaf evergreen with small glossy green leaves. This plant looks more like boxwood than inkberry. Great for hedges, massing, or specimen use.  Prefers moist, acidic soils. Tolerates heavy pruning.  Plant in sun or shade.


Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Prince’ (P.P.No. 3517) BLUE PRINCE HOLLY

(Zone 4) Fast growing, upright ‘Blue Holly’. Distinctive purple-blue stems with glossy blue-green foliage. ‘Blue Prince’ is a pollinator for the female ‘Blue Hollies’. Looks like Princess holly but no berries.



Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Princess’ (P.P.No. 3675) BLUE PRINCESS HOLLY

(Zone 4) Female cultivar of Blue Holly with slightly crinkled bluish-green leaves. Beautiful red berries ripen in fall. Needs any male Blue Holly for a pollinator. Very similar to, Blue Girl Holly.

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Ilex x meserveae ‘Centennial Dragon’ (P.P.No. 25659)  CENTENNIAL DRAGON HOLLY

10-15 ft. (Zone 6)  Beautiful pyramidal form that grows slightly more upright and faster than Centennial Girl.  Deep green foliage and shiny red berries.  Holds dark new growth color around a month.   Requires a pollinator.  Found as a branch mutation of Centennial Girl.



Ilex x meserveae ‘Centennial Girl’ (P.P.No. 10750) CENTENNIAL GIRL HOLLY

10-15 ft. (Zone 5) Beautiful pyramidal form growing to 5 ft wide. Deep green foliage and shiny red berries. Introduced 1997. Requires a pollinator.


Ilex x meserveae 'Heckenstar' (P.P.No. 14,308) CASTLE WALL HOLLY

5-8 ft.  (Zone 5)   A broad-columnar shaped male blue holly.  Leaves are lustrous dark green, and branching is compact.  Good as a specimen, foundation plant, or used in a hedge.  No berries.


Ilex meserveae ‘Hachfee’ (P.P.No. 14,310)  CASTLE SPIRE™ HOLLY

8-10 ft. (Zone 5)   A compact, pyramidal female blue holly.  Leaves are lustrous dark green, and branching is superior.  Good as a specimen, foundation plant, or used in a hedge.  Bright red berries.  Needs a male pollinator such as Castle Wall or Blue Prince.


Ilex x meserveae ‘Mesdob’ (P.P.No. 4,803)  CHINA BOY® HOLLY

(Zone 5)  Dark glossy-green foliage on a hardy, compact-growing “Christmas” type holly.  Pollinator for China Girl Holly, no berries on male plants.


Ilex x meserveae ‘Mesid’ (P.P.No. 4685) BLUE MAID® HOLLY

(Zone 4) Female cultivar of ‘Blue Holly’. Leaves are glossy green with blue- green cast and not as crinkled as Blue Princess Holly. Blue Maid fruits heavily with highly decorative shiny red berries. Needs any male Blue Holly for a pollinator. Also available trimmed upright.

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Ilex x meserveae ‘Mesog’ (P.P.No. 4878) CHINA GIRL® HOLLY

(Zone 4) Dark glossy green foliage like the I. x ‘China Boy’ but the female produces an abundance of shiny red berries. Plant in sun to part shade. China Boy is the pollinator.

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Kalmia / Mountain Laurel

A beautiful native broadleaf evergreen that is prized for its unique flowers. A relative of Rhododendron, Mt. Laurel is best sited in part shade with soil that is moist but well-drained and very organic in nature. Used for naturalizing and wonderful if planted in groups. Different sizes and flower colors are available.

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Kalmia latifolia ‘Elf’  ELF MOUNTAIN LAUREL

3-4 ft. (Zone 4) Compact, dwarf form with light pink buds, flowers are white and only slightly smaller than the species.

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Kalmia latifolia ‘Minuet’  MINUET MOUNTAIN LAUREL

4-5 ft. (Zone 5) Blooming in late spring, flowers are light pink in bud, then open to white with a broad maroon band inside.



Kalmia latifolia ‘Olympic Fire’   OLYMPIC FIRE MOUNTAIN LAUREL

5-6 ft. (Zone 4)  Hybrid Kalmia selection with showy dark red buds that open to light pink flowers.



Kalmia latifolia ‘Sarah’  SARAH MOUNTAIN LAUREL

5-6 ft. (Zone 5)  Vivid red buds open to bright pink flowers.  Bloom lasts longer than typical of the species. Foliage and habit are excellent.



Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’ RAINBOW LEUCOTHOE

3-4 ft. (Zone 5) A broadleaf evergreen with rosy-pink and creamy-yellow foliage. White raceme flowers appear in spring. Used as a specimen or in masses. Prefers moist well-drained acid soil. Plant in shade to part shade. Keep away from drying winds.

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Pieris x ‘Brouwer’s Beauty’  BROUWER’S BEAUTY PIERIS 

6 ft. (Zone 5)  A hybrid resulting from a cross between Pieris japonica and Pieris floribunda.  Dense, compact growth habit and white bell-shaped flowers in spring.  Dark green leaves with yellowish-green new growth.  Prefers moist, well-drained, acidic soil in part sun to shade. 



Pieris japonica 'Dorothy Wycoff' DOROTHY WYCOFF PIERIS

5-6 ft. (Zone 5)  Compact variety of P. japonica with dark red flower bud opening to deep pink.


Pieris japonica 'Flaming Silver' FLAMING SILVER PIERIS

3-4 ft. (Zone 5)  Compact variety of Pieris having bright red new growth and varieted green and white leaves.


Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire' MOUNTAIN FIRE PIERIS 

5-6 ft. (Zone 5) Mistakenly called Andromeda, an exceptional variety displaying fiery-red new growth. Foliage is dark green on this rounded plant

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Pieris x ‘Karenoma’  PIERIS KARENOMA  

5-6 ft. (Zone 5)  Compact, has the hardiness and more upright flower form of the floribunda and the foliage of the japonica. Evergreen. Prominent flower buds all winter. Clusters of tiny, white, lightly fragrant, bell-shaped flowers in spg.



Known as the Cadillac of woody ornamentals, Rhododendron is one of the most popular and best loved plants. Glossy green leaves remain effective all year and beautiful large trusses of flowers are true harbingers of late spring and early summer. Flowers are available in an array of colors and mature sizes vary with variety. Rhodies, as they are affectionately called, prefer moist, well- drained, acidic, organic-rich soil in part-sun to shade.

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Rhododendron catawbiense ‘Chionoides’ CHIONOIDES RHODODENDRON

3-4 ft. (Zone 5) Popular compact variety of the Rhododendrons. Flowers are white. Excellent in foundation plantings and small gardens where some standard hybrids become too large.

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Rhododendron catawbiense ‘Cunningham’s White’ CUNNINGHAM’S WHITE RHODODENDRON

3-5 ft. (Zone 5) White Rhododendron having a dense low growth habit. Flowers are white having a pale yellow throat. One of the best compact varieties.



Rhododendron catawbiense ‘English Roseum’ ENGLISH ROSEUM RHODODENDRON

6 ft. (Zone 5) Large pink colored flowers with a rosy tint. Most popular pink Rhododendron. blooms late May through early June.



Rhododendron catawbiense ‘Nova Zembla’ NOVA ZEMBLA RHODODENDRON

5 ft. (Zone 5) Most popular red flowering Rhododendron. Deep red blossoms in mid-May through early June.



Rhododendron catawbiense ‘Roseum Elegans’  ROSEUM ELEGANS RHODODENDRON

6-8 ft. (Zone 4)  Rose-tinted lilac flowers in late May through early June.  Vigorous, fast-growing plant.



Rhododendron ’Purple Passion’ PURPLE PASSIONRHODODENDRON

6 ft. (Zone 5) Hybrid with deep green disease-resistant foliage. Deep, rich purple flowers late May through June.



Rhododendron maximum hybrida HYBRID ROSEBAY RHODODENDRON

8 ft. (Zone 4) Similar to maximum Rhododendron but with a more compact growth habit. Blooms in mid-June with pink flowers.



Rhododendron 'Pink Treasure' PINK TREASURE RHODODENDRON

6 ft. (Zone 5)  Impressive Rhododendron with upright umbrella habit and huge trusses of bright pink flowers.


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PJM (Small Leaf) Rhododendron Varieties

Named for it’s hybridizer Peter J. Mezitt, an early flowering Rhododendron having lavender-pink blooms in late April through early May. Leaves are smaller than most other hybrid Rhododendron.


Rhododendron x 'P.J.M.'  P.J.M. RHODODENDRON

3-6 ft. (Zone 4) Named for it’s hybridizer Peter J. Mezitt, an early flowering Rhododendron having lavender-pink blooms in late April through early May. Leaves are smaller than most other hybrid Rhododendron. Summer foliage is dark green taking on a purplish cast in fall through winter. Very hardy.



Rhododendron P.J.M. ‘Aglo’ AGLO P.J.M. RHODODENDRON

3-6 ft. (Zone 3) This hardy Mezitt hybrid of ‘P.J.M.’ has beautiful clear pink blossoms in mid to late April. Foliage is green turning some shades of red in fall. Very similar to PJM ‘Olga’.



Rhododendron P.J.M. ‘Bubblegum’   BUBBLEGUM P.J.M. RHODODENDRON

3 ft. (Zone 5)  Trusses of bubblegum-pink blooms in spring.  Foliage is deep green, turning shades of bronze in the fall.  Similar to PJM ‘Olga’ and ‘Aglo’ but is more compact, and the reddish stems are not as brittle.


Rhododendron P.J.M. ‘Elite’  ELITE P.J.M. RHODODENDRON

3-6 ft. (Zone 4)  A vigorous upright-growing variety of PJM with a little pinker flower.  Blooms just prior to or at the same time as the parent plant.  Very much the same appearance as regular P.J.M.


Rhododendron P.J.M. ‘Landmark’  LANDMARK P.J.M. RHODODENDRON

4-5 ft.  (Zone 5)  Compact plant with glossy green foliage that turns dark bronze in fall.  Blooms heavily in early May with dark pink to red flowers.


Rhododendron P.J.M. ‘Northern Starburst’  NORTHERN STARBURST P.J.M. RHODODENDRON

4-5 ft. (Zone 4)  An early bloomer with strong stems.  Flowers are pink and of greater substance than original P.J.M.  Leaves are somewhat thicker and turn cinnamon-colored in the fall.


Rhododendron ‘Olga Mezitt’  OLGA P.J.M. RHODODENDRON

4-6 ft. (Zone 4) This hardy Mezitt hybrid of ‘P.J.M.’ has excellent bright pink blooms. Foliage is green turning some shades of red in fall. Very similar to PJM ‘Aglo’.


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Dwarf Rhododendron Varieties

Rhododendron ‘Purple Gem’  PURPLE GEM RHODODENDRON

2-3 ft. (Zone 5) Dwarf evergreen shrub with deep purple flowers in April through early May. Leaves are gray-green and small.  Overall appearance is similar to that of an evergreen azalea.  Does well in sun or partial shade.  Similar to Ramapo Rhododendron.



Rhododendron ‘Ramapo’  RAMAPO RHODODENDRON

2-3 ft. (Zone 5) Dwarf evergreen shrub with bright violet-blue flowers in April through early May. Leaves are gray-green and small.  Overall appearance is similar to that of an evergreen azalea.  Does well in sun or partial shade.



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