Listing of Evergreens in Our Yard
|Prostrate Colorado Blue SprucePicea pungens `Glauca Prostrata’||This Colorado Blue spruce cultivar is totally unlike the species in that it forms a rather shapeless plant that sprawls over the ground like a groundcover. The needles are usually a good blue.
Evergreen prostate tree with horizontal, stiff branches. This variant only grows 6″ per year. Once well established this cultivar has a very pleasing growth habit. Leaves are powder blue on limbs that undulate up and down across the ground, with an occasional branch forming a short upright leader.
|Acrocona Norway SprucePicea abies ‘Acrocona”||This is ‘Acrocona’ Norway spruce, or Picea abies ‘Acrocona’. It’s not at all new, it’s been known since 1890 when it was discovered growing in Sweden, but it is underutilised, at least in the UK and North America. The most striking and beautiful characteristic of ‘Acrocona’ Norway spruce is the amazing scarlet color of the cones which are offered at branch tip. The cones are also quite abundant and all the more dramatic against the beautiful needled foliage and these colorful spring cones mature to a handsome tan by summer. And ‘Acrocona’ is small. It initially grows as a broad upright shrub reaching, at most 10 feet, in as many years though it will eventually reach 20 feet. But even that is a size that won’t be bothered by utility lines. The dark green needles and the broad spreading form render this an ideal screen or boundary plant. Not surprisingly for a Norway spruce, it is best in cold climates. It has no serious insect or disease problems and will grow in average, well-drained soil in full sun. It is well suited to the upper US, much of Canada, the northern UK and the coldest parts of New Zealand. As always, a tree this rare is not likely to be found in the large discount nurseries, but more likely found in the select plant nurseries or from mail-order tree nurseries.|
|Japanese White PinePinus parviflora||Japanese White Pine creates a striking landscape element wherever it is used. Often seen as a dense, conical form when young, Japanese White Pine develops into a 25 to 50-foot-tall, graceful, irregularly shaped tree, with an equal or greater spread, and a broad, flattened canopy. The 1 to 2.5-inch-long needles are stiff and twisted, forming blue/green tufts of foliage at branch tips, and creating an overall fine texture to the tree’s silhouette. The brownish-red cones are one to four inches long and persist on the tree for six to seven years.|
|Extra Blue Limber PinePinus flexilis ‘Extra Blue’|| This handsome irregular pyrimidal pine is much bluer than the species; notable winter hardiness, also a good choice for urban conditions; rapid growing, its striking blue hue will stand out in any setting
Extra Blue Limber Pine has attractive steel blue foliage. The needles are ornamentally significant but do not develop any appreciable fall color. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. The shaggy gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.
|Bruns Serbian SprucePicea omorika ‘Bruns’||Splendid two-tone boughs of icy blue and richest green create an unforgettable garden landmark on this slow-growing, very choice Serbian Spruce. Unpalatable to nibbling deer and very easy to grow in full sun, this majestic specimen may well become the talking point of your landscape.This selection of Serbian Spruce offers a narrowly upright habit, very uniform and naturally symmetrical. After a decade’s growth it will be only 14 feet high and 4 feet wide, eventually topping out at 30 to 35 feet but still no wider than 10 feet in diameter. If you have a small-space garden, ‘Bruns’ is a fine choice for many, many years of restrained growth.
This Conifer is densely set with blue-green needles boasting silvery bands on the underside, creating an icy-blue look in addition to the deep, rich green and aquamarine. The branches are held out and up, with a graceful sweeping arc that improves with each passing season. Very stately!
Best in rich, deep soil, this exceedingly slow-growing tree is very easy to care for. It was selected by the venerable German nursery Bruns, as was its weeping cousin, ‘Pendula Bruns.’ We are honored to make it available this season for Wayside gardeners. Zones 4-8.
|Dwarf Arizona FirAbies lasiocarpa||Excellent, very slow, narrow growing evergreen terrific for use in tight, narrow situations. Wonderful shape and color, foliage is soft to the touch.|
|Kosteri SprucePicea pungens ‘Kosteri’||The Koster Blue Spruce, Picea pungens, is one of the best known of the older blue Colorado spruce selections. It is somewhat unpredictable, but can be encourage grow upright or even sweeping. The Koster spruce is drought tolerant making it a great choice for rock gardens and xeriscaping. It reaches a mature size of 10+ feet tall and 3-6+ feet wide and has a medium growth rate. This evergreen does best when planted in full sun.|
|Gails Skyline Blue SprucePicea pungens ‘Gail’s Skyline’||Exceptional color and classic pyramidal form account for the increasing popularity of this new Iseli introduction. Similar in form to the species, the full, pyramidal tree produces vivid, silvery-blue new growth that gives it the bright look that is expected of the best Colorado Blue Spruce selections.|
|Horstmann’s Silberlocke Korean FirAbies koreana||A stunning small evergreen with amazing year-long color; new foliage emerges shiny silver in spring, fading to sea green with a prominent silver band, needles are held in whorls which displays the colors prominently; a showy garden accent.
Silberlocke Korean Fir has attractive bluish-green foliage with silver undersides which emerges silver in spring. The needles are ornamentally significant but do not develop any appreciable fall color. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. The smooth gray bark is not particularly outstanding.
|*Blue SprucePicea pungens “Glauca”
The tree on the far right was started as a seedling in a back garden in 1992. It is now in the front yard shielding the street lamp and mailboxes.
The 3 trees on the right were planted in October, 2010.
25 more seedlings were planted through out the yard in the Spring of 2011.
|French Blue Scotch PinePinus sylvestris ‘French Blue’
Valued for its picturesque character, vigorous growth and bluish-green
French Blue Scotch Pine has attractive bluish-green foliage. The needles
|Dwarf Mugho PinePinus mugo||Mugo pine also go by the name mountain pine, Swiss mountain pine and dwarf mountain pine. Some books spell the name ‘mugho’ but botanically, there is no ‘h’ in the name. This pine, as the name suggests, come from high mountains, in this case, the mountains of Europe. These include the Alps, Apennines, Pyrenees, Balkans and Tatras. In the wild, they extend into the subalpine and even alpine zones. Although grown as a dwarf, in their native haunts, they can reach 6 m (20 feet) which is small for a pine but certainly too large for a small city lot. Not to worry, if properly tended to as a young plant you can maintain them as a small-sized conifer for years.|