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Evergreens should be planted from mid-August through September in most zones. Planting during this period allows the evergreens to become established before the onset of winter. Evergreens planted later on in the fall are susceptible to damage from drying out that can lead to death. However, most broad-leaved evergreens like rhododendron and narrow-leaved evergreens like yew are more safely transplanted in the spring than in autumn. (In mild climates though, it is possible to succeed very well with proper care.)