If you are looking for a festive evergreen that looks like it has come pre-decorated with snow and ornaments…try Abies koreana ‘Silberlocke’ (also known as Horstmann’s Silberlocke and Silver Snow). When I first saw this small evergreen tree (15-20′ at maturity), in a conifer garden it mystified me–I didn’t know what it was and I thought it was very interesting and beautiful–it stood out among all of the other evergreens.
In high summer it looked cool as a snowy winter day. It is hardy to USDA Zone 5. Add super cool purple cones that are held upright on its irregular branching structure to the interesting curling needles with their shimmering undersides and you have a knockout small evergreen. I think it’s the perfect holiday tree for any small garden–full of structural and textural interest.