Definition of evergreen in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting a plant that retains green leaves throughout the year.

    ‘the glossy laurel is fully hardy and evergreen’
    Often contrasted with deciduous
    ‘evergreen shrubs’
    • ‘Widely cultivated ornamental, but poisonous flowering shrub with evergreen leaves and clusters of fragrant pinkish or red flowers.’
    • ‘Also, consider whether you want deciduous or evergreen plants.’
    • ‘This plant will eventually grow into a tall shrub but the evergreen foliage and clusters of white flowers from December to April make the small, young plants useful pot shrubs.’
    • ‘A few white fairy lights can add a sprinkle of magic among the winter foliage of evergreen trees and shrubs.’
    • ‘This family of evergreen plants bears swordlike leaves in shades of green, coppery red, and yellow, plus variegations.’
    • ‘Seasonal changes in understory species from spring ephemerals to evergreen herbs are discussed in a number of contexts throughout the book.’
    • ‘The Lycopodiums are evergreen plants with fairly constant abundance throughout the growing season.’
    • ‘Clematis armandii has large, handsome evergreen leaves not usually associated with such an elegant plant.’
    • ‘While many older residences have straight sidewalks and broad, open lawns, many newer houses are nestled into their own miniature woods of closely planted trees and evergreen shrubs.’
    • ‘Planting bulbous and tuberous plants under evergreen trees is not advisable.’
    • ‘Severe winter conditions, and sometimes soil deficiencies, may cause physiological problems such as sunscald and purple spot on the leaves of evergreen hollies.’
    • ‘The plant that has developed counts almost as a small shrub with grey-green evergreen leaves and, as the name Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ suggests, mauve flowers.’
    • ‘The abundance of thick foliage, evergreen shrubs and trees ensures that while trains may make themselves heard every now and again, they certainly won't be seen.’
    • ‘Deciduous species usually have deeper root systems than species with persistent foliage in Cerrado, which would make deciduous species less dependent on rainfall than evergreen species for expanding leaves.’
    • ‘Those adaptations enable the rodent to rely on the evergreen saltbush plants for sustenance throughout the year.’
    • ‘Autumn is the perfect time for planting both deciduous and evergreen trees.’
    • ‘Compiling data of the heat of combustion from 203 woody species, however, Poorter and Villar found a small but significant difference between evergreen and deciduous leaves.’
    • ‘Clear the containers out and replace the plants with winter bedding or small evergreen plants and shrubs that can be put out in the garden next spring.’
    • ‘There are many other plants and small evergreen shrubs that are suitable for fall containers.’
    • ‘Overwintering herbaceous plants or evergreen trees can only survive the winter seasons of cold climates when they are able to acclimate.’
    1. 1.1 Having an enduring freshness, success, or popularity.
      ‘this symphony is an evergreen favourite’
      • ‘First performed at the Young Vic Theatre, London, these evergreen favourites are now brought to life in the leafy, wooded areas of Lancaster's Williamson Park.’
      • ‘Eileen Lavender is celebrating her fiftieth year, and the evergreen director's golden anniversary production opened last night to a pleasingly busy house.’
      • ‘Since the heroine ‘Nayika’ and Krishna theme is an evergreen favourite, she taught them a new ‘paadam’ in this category.’
      • ‘Traditional silk is an evergreen commodity and the latest styles in Kacheepuram, Valkalam, Puttapakka, Venkatagiri and the likes are always in demand.’
      • ‘More than anything, he liked companies that churned out the products people craved, figuring that an ever-growing population would deliver evergreen profits.’
      • ‘The evergreen classics are not out, but they are not the in-things either.’
      • ‘Evidence of vegetation sometimes survives: plants such as hyssop, heather and box may have been popular remedies or evergreen symbols of eternity.’
      • ‘Other favourites include the evergreen Jazz Lads, Sticky Beaks and Donegal traditional group Hair of the Dog.’
      • ‘And funny thing: sometimes the truth is popular - this evergreen piece just turned thirty years old.’
      • ‘Trinity, no doubt took the field as favourites, with evergreen Quentin Israel to guide them with a shrewd game plan, even in wet conditions not akin to their style of play.’
      • ‘Of all the evergreen aspects of Wells' classic, perhaps its most enduring message is about the amazing resilience of the human spirit.’
      • ‘Anuradha also thrilled the audience with her evergreen favourites like Vaseegara from Minnale and Kai Kai from Bhagavathi.’
      • ‘The evergreen classical ballets still have their regular and popular seasons, but trendy neo-classical works such as SwingTime at the Ballet are now equally sought after.’
      • ‘Tasmania's ever popular, evergreen entertainer John Sidney has died in Hobart aged 75.’
      • ‘Silk has been an evergreen favourite among designers in India, ever since the fabric made its entry into the country.’
      timeless, perennial, classic, traditional, ageless, time-honoured, abiding, enduring, unforgettable, memorable, remembered
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  • 1A plant that retains green leaves throughout the year.

    ‘evergreens planted to cut off the east wind’
    • ‘A slow-growing evergreen with graceful undulating leaves, the new spring foliage is cream, gradually changing to dark green.’
    • ‘Not all plants should be pruned in February or March, though - evergreens or plants just about to burst into bloom are best given a wide berth.’
    • ‘For potted evergreens or more acid-loving plants a more acidic fertilizer should be used.’
    • ‘In this day and age of exploding energy costs, it is just plain ignorant to plant evergreens where they don't belong.’
    • ‘Like conifers, broadleaf evergreens need little pruning - especially if you plant one suited to the site.’
    • ‘Late summer through late winter is also a good time to propagate needle evergreens - but these plants are a little trickier to root.’
    • ‘Is it a garden for all seasons with the right balance of flowering perennials and deciduous plants with evergreens to give interest in winter?’
    • ‘The nutmeg tree is also a spreading evergreen with dark green leaves and pale yellow flowers.’
    • ‘For those who prefer ‘tailored’, a smart alternative would be pots planted with clipped evergreens, box, bay or conifers.’
    • ‘Buy and plant conifers, evergreens, grey-leaved shrubs, cordylines and phormiums.’
    • ‘If you have evergreens, perhaps the plants are just shedding older leaves to make way for new.’
    • ‘It is a good time to buy and plant conifers and evergreens, summer-flowering bulbs and dahlia tubers.’
    • ‘The stone walls are studded with plantings of clematis, espaliered trees, and a sarcococca plant - a fragrant evergreen that blooms in early spring.’
    • ‘It's a good time for planting evergreens and flowering shrubs, so long as they're watered well until frost creeps into the soil.’
    • ‘Planting camellias, azaleas and other early spring flowering evergreens should be planted as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Junipers and yews are the most commonly planted of the narrow-leaved evergreens.’
    • ‘Consequently, browsing may be more damaging to evergreens; and leaves of evergreens are generally better defended against browsing than deciduous tree leaves.’
    • ‘All plants go dormant during the winter, but evergreens keep their foliage.’
    • ‘If we lean towards the evergreens as the main plant theme and accent it with deciduous material that provides seasonal blooms or foliage color we can gain the look of the Japanese garden.’
    • ‘The plants here are evergreens such as fatsias, which thrive in the relatively low levels of light, and an acer in a large pot.’
    1. 1.1 A person or thing of enduring freshness, success, or popularity.
      ‘Monty Python and other TV evergreens’
      • ‘It was to be the first of four successes for the evergreen Willcockson, who had been ousted in the men's semi-finals by Moss.’