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’
    • ‘Clematis armandii has large, handsome evergreen leaves not usually associated with such an elegant plant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Widely cultivated ornamental, but poisonous flowering shrub with evergreen leaves and clusters of fragrant pinkish or red flowers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also, consider whether you want deciduous or evergreen plants.’
    • ‘A few white fairy lights can add a sprinkle of magic among the winter foliage of evergreen trees and shrubs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Overwintering herbaceous plants or evergreen trees can only survive the winter seasons of cold climates when they are able to acclimate.’
    • ‘There are many other plants and small evergreen shrubs that are suitable for fall containers.’
    • ‘Those adaptations enable the rodent to rely on the evergreen saltbush plants for sustenance throughout the year.’
    • ‘The Lycopodiums are evergreen plants with fairly constant abundance throughout the growing season.’
    • ‘Autumn is the perfect time for planting both deciduous and evergreen trees.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This family of evergreen plants bears swordlike leaves in shades of green, coppery red, and yellow, plus variegations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Seasonal changes in understory species from spring ephemerals to evergreen herbs are discussed in a number of contexts throughout the book.’
    1. 1.1Having an enduring freshness, success, or popularity.
      ‘this symphony is an evergreen favourite’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Anuradha also thrilled the audience with her evergreen favourites like Vaseegara from Minnale and Kai Kai from Bhagavathi.’
      • ‘And funny thing: sometimes the truth is popular - this evergreen piece just turned thirty years old.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Silk has been an evergreen favourite among designers in India, ever since the fabric made its entry into the country.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Since the heroine ‘Nayika’ and Krishna theme is an evergreen favourite, she taught them a new ‘paadam’ in this category.’
      • ‘Other favourites include the evergreen Jazz Lads, Sticky Beaks and Donegal traditional group Hair of the Dog.’
      • ‘Tasmania's ever popular, evergreen entertainer John Sidney has died in Hobart aged 75.’
      • ‘Of all the evergreen aspects of Wells' classic, perhaps its most enduring message is about the amazing resilience of the human spirit.’
      • ‘Evidence of vegetation sometimes survives: plants such as hyssop, heather and box may have been popular remedies or evergreen symbols of eternity.’
      • ‘Traditional silk is an evergreen commodity and the latest styles in Kacheepuram, Valkalam, Puttapakka, Venkatagiri and the likes are always in demand.’
      • ‘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.’
      timeless, perennial, evergreen, 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like conifers, broadleaf evergreens need little pruning - especially if you plant one suited to the site.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you have evergreens, perhaps the plants are just shedding older leaves to make way for new.’
    • ‘The plants here are evergreens such as fatsias, which thrive in the relatively low levels of light, and an acer in a large pot.’
    • ‘Is it a garden for all seasons with the right balance of flowering perennials and deciduous plants with evergreens to give interest in winter?’
    • ‘Late summer through late winter is also a good time to propagate needle evergreens - but these plants are a little trickier to root.’
    • ‘The nutmeg tree is also a spreading evergreen with dark green leaves and pale yellow flowers.’
    • ‘All plants go dormant during the winter, but evergreens keep their foliage.’
    • ‘Planting camellias, azaleas and other early spring flowering evergreens should be planted as soon as possible.’
    • ‘A slow-growing evergreen with graceful undulating leaves, the new spring foliage is cream, gradually changing to dark green.’
    • ‘The stone walls are studded with plantings of clematis, espaliered trees, and a sarcococca plant - a fragrant evergreen that blooms in early spring.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Consequently, browsing may be more damaging to evergreens; and leaves of evergreens are generally better defended against browsing than deciduous tree leaves.’
    • ‘It is a good time to buy and plant conifers and evergreens, summer-flowering bulbs and dahlia tubers.’
    • ‘Junipers and yews are the most commonly planted of the narrow-leaved evergreens.’
    • ‘Buy and plant conifers, evergreens, grey-leaved shrubs, cordylines and phormiums.’
    • ‘It's a good time for planting evergreens and flowering shrubs, so long as they're watered well until frost creeps into the soil.’
    • ‘For those who prefer ‘tailored’, a smart alternative would be pots planted with clipped evergreens, box, bay or conifers.’
    1. 1.1A 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.’