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EVERGREEN SHRUBS…

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Evergreens are some of the lowest maintenance plants for your landscape.  In addition, they provide year-round color and structure.  There are two types of evergreen shrubs for our area, broadleaf types (think ‘leafy’ such as boxwood and holly) and needled types (think pine and juniper).    Since both hold onto their foliage in winter—a drying, windy time in Colorado-- be sure to give them winter water for best results.  Also, make sure you site your shrub in the location it prefers.   Some prefer morning sun in protected locations while other can take exposed, sunny spots.

Broadleaf Evergreen Shrubs

Needled Evergreen Shrubs

 

TIP:  Some evergreen shrubs respond well to an anti-transpirant spray (such as Wilt Pruf), to help protect agains winter dessication.

Please Note:  Availability of specific varieties listed below will vary depending upon time of season and sales.   Please call (719) 574-8058 for current availability.




 

Broadleaf Evergreen Shrubs

 




Boxwood (Buxus)

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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc

Green Mountain Boxwood


Height:  5’

Spread: 3’

Exposure:  Shade or morning sun

Other Notes:   Upright form.  Glossy dark green leaves.  May be pruned to maintain shape and/or used as a hedge.  Protect from windy locations.  Zone 5.

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Winter Gem Boxwood


Height:  2'-3’

Spread:  2'-3’

Exposure:  Shade or morning sun

Other Notes:  Rounded shape and deep green leaves.    May be used as a low hedge.  Protect from windy locations.

 


Broom, Spanish Types (Cytisus)

Spanish Gold Broom

Height:  3’-5’

Spread:  4’-6’

Exposure:  Sun to Part Sun

Other Notes:  Leafless shrub with slender green branches and a low rounded shape.  One of the hardiest brooms for our area.  Bright yellow flowers appear in Spring.  Zone 4

 


 

 


Euonymus


 Although adaptable to full sun, all appreciate protection from winter sun and winds.   


 

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Emerald Gaiety

Height: 4’-5’

Spread:  4’-5’

Exposure:  Prefers light shade location but will also adapt to full shade or full sun.

Other Notes:  Green leaves with white margins.  Slow growing.  Irregular spreading habit is easily shaped with light pruning.  Leaves tinge pink in Fall.

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Emerald 'N Gold

Height:  2’

Spread: Up to 5’

Exposure:  Prefers light shade but will also adapt to full shade to full sun.

Other Notes:  Dark green leaves with a bright gold margin.  Slow growing.  Low, spreading branches make a good evergreen groundcover.  Easily shaped with light pruning.  Leaves tinge pink in Fall.

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Manhattan

Height:  3’-5’

Spread:  3’-5’

Exposure:   Shade or morning sun is best

Other Notes:  Glossy, dark green leaves.  Ideal for an informal hedge or specimen plant.  Protect from winter wind.

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Sarcoxie

Height: 3’-5’

Spread: 3’-5’

Exposure: Prefers light shade but will also adapt to full shade to full sun.

Other Notes:  Glossy green leaves.  Can be used as a small hedge.  Protect from winter wind.

 


Grape Holly (Mahonia)

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Photo Courtesy Fisher Farms

Oregon Grape Holly (aquifolium)

Height:    5’-6’

Spread:  5’-6’

Exposure: Shade to morning sun

Other Notes:  Medium green holly-like leaves turn bronze red in the Fall.  Yellow flowers in spring are followed by blue berries in mid-summer.

Oregon Grape Holly, Compact

Height:  3’

Spread: 3’

Exposure:  Shade to morning sun

Other Notes:  A dwarf version of standard Oregon Grape Holly.  All the same wonderful qualities in a smaller package.

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Creeping Mahonia Bloom
Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc
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As a groundcover along a path

Creeping Mahonia (repens)


Height:  12”-18”

Spread: up to 4’

Exposure:  Shade, morning sun, or full sun.

Other Notes:  Low spreading type of grape holly.  Makes a wonderful groundcover with pretty fall colors of purple-red tones.  Yellow flowers in spring followed by blue berries in mid-summer.




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Winter color

 

 


Holly (Ilex)

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Summer


 

Prince  Boy/Princess Girl

Height:  4’-6’

Spread: 4’-6’

Exposure:  Shade to LIGHT morning sun

Other Notes:  Deep green leaves.  Extremely slow growing.  Very pretty holly berries are produced only on female shrubs and require pollination from a male.   We sell a male/female mix within the same pot---so you can plant one shrub and still get berries.  Prefers a moist location.

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Winter Berries

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Pyracantha / Fireweed

 

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Summer

Gnome

Height:  4’-6’

Spread:  3’-4’

Exposure:  Shade, morning sun, full sun

Other Notes:  White spring flowers are followed by showy clusters of bright orange berries that hold through winter.  Plant in a place where it won’t receive drying winter winds.  A good candidate for espalier against a wall or fence.

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Fall Berries

 

 

 


 

Needled Evergreen Shrubs

 




Arborvitae (Thuja)

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Woodward Globe


 

Height: 3’-5’

Spread:  3’-5’

Exposure:  Does best in shady or morning sun locations.

Other Notes:   Deep green in summer.  Takes on a bronze color in winter.  Rounded form.  Plant in a place where it will not receive a lot of wind exposure as this causes browning.  Prefers a moist spot.

 

 


 

Juniper, Spreading Types

Junipers are a versatile group of evergreens.  Some stay very low to provide a wide groundcover while others are tall and can be used as evergreen screens.   Some have a silvery blue cast while others are deep green.  They all do well here and are quite drought tolerant once established.   However, Colorado has very drying winter winds that can be tough on evergreens.   Although they do well in a windy, exposed spot—it is essential to give them winter water for best performance. 

 

Low Creeping Type Junipers


Blue, green, and golden foliage types.  Note: Some WILL change color in winter.

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Blue Chip

Height:  8"-12” 

Spread: 4’-6’

Exposure:  Sun

Other Notes:  Very low growing with a moderate spread.  Silvery blue foliage has an arching habit.  Turns a plum color in the winter.

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Blue Rug


Height:  4"-6"

Spread:  3'-5'

Exposure:  Sun

Other Notes:  One of the best prostrate junipers that forms a dense mat of silvery blue foliage.   Useful as a groundcover.  Pretty when allowed to drape over larger retaining walls.

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Blue Star
 

Height: 18”-24”

Spread: 3’-4’

Exposure: Sun to Part Sun

Other Notes: Dwarf form with silvery-blue needles that are shorter than other types of juniper. They cluster into a star-like shape. Does best when planted in a location that is protected from winter wind.

Blue Tam
 

Height:  2'

Spread: 8'

Exposure:  Sun

Other Notes: Low spreading and mounding form with dense blue-grey foliage.  Blue berries.

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Buffalo
 

Height:  12”-18”

Spread: 6’-8’

Exposure:  Sun

Other Notes:  Low growing with a large spread.  Bright foliage gives a blast of green especially in the height of winter.  Juniper berries are blue.

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Hughes
 

Height: 12”-18”

Spread: 6’-8’

Exposure:  Sun

Other Notes:  Low growing variety with a large spread.  Steel-blue foliage during warm months.  Takes on a purple tinge in winter.

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Photo Courtesy Iseli Nursery

Motherlode
 

Height:  12”-18”

Spread: 3’-6’

Exposure:  Sun

Other Notes:  This creeping type offers bright yellow foliage during the summer.  Tinges to a burgundy-plum color in winter.

 


Taller Hedge Type Spreading Junipers


 

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Sea Green
 

Height:  6’-8’

Spread: 6’-8’

Exposure:  Sun

Other Notes:   Lush green foliage with a dense, vase-shaped habit



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Photo Courtesy Bailey Nurseries Inc

 

 



 

Pine (Pinus)

  

Mugo Pine Varieties

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Photo Courtesy Iseli Nursery

White Bud Mugo Pine
 

Height: 2’

Spread:  4’

Exposure:  Sun

Other Notes:  Dark green needles with a short, broad form.  Derives its name from the fact that, in winter, each terminal bud is covered in white resin.  Against the green needles, this trait gives it a ‘frosted’ effect.  Plant in well drained soil.

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Hillside Creeper Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)

Height: 2’

Spread: 5’

Exposure: Sun

Other Notes: Low spreading groundcover type pine with bright green needles during warm months. Turns light green in winter. Branches are layered, adding texture to your garden. Plant in well drained soil.

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Photo Courtesy Iseli Nursery

 

Teeny

Height: 1'

Spread: 1'

Exposure: Sun

Other Notes:One of the smallest mugo pines available. Compact, dwarf form with extremely slow growth. A good candidate for bonsai. Plant in well drained soil.

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Big Tuna Mugo Pine (Pinus Mugo)

Height: 6’-15’

Spread: 6’-10’

Exposure: Sun

Other Notes:A large shrub or small tree. Deep, dark green, and DENSE! Very nice selection for a smaller space. Upright, broad shape at maturity. Showy buds in winter stand out against deep green foliage. Plant in well drained soil.

 

  


Spruce (Picea)

 

 

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Globe Blue Spruce
 

Height:  3’-5’

Spread: 4’-5’

Exposure:  Sun to Part Sun

Other Notes:  Beautiful round shrub form of blue spruce.  Requires winter water and likes consistent moisture during the growing season.

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Photo Courtesy Iseli Nursery

Bicolor Howell's Dwarf Tiger Tail Spruce

Height: 10'

Spread: 10'

Exposure: Sun to Part Sun.

Other Notes: Green tops with silver-blue undersides. New cones are purple. Requires winter water. Does best in a location that does not receive drying winter winds. Provide consistent moisture and well-drained soil. Slow growing, 6"-10"/year. Flat shape when young, will eventually gain a pyramidal shape with age.

Little Gem Norway Spruce 

Height: 18’-24’

Spread: 18’-24’

Exposure: Sun to Part Sun

Other Notes: Globe-shaped dwarf spruce with light green needles on compact branches. Requires winter water. Does best in a location that does not receive drying winter winds. Great shrub for small space. Provide consistent moisture and well-drained soil.

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Yew (Taxus)

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Spreading Yew / Densiformis
 

Height:  4’-6’

Spread:  4’-6’

Exposure:  Shade or morning sun.

Other Notes:  Dense rounded form.  Provide consistent moisture and site in a location that is protected from drying winter winds.  Caution:  Yew seeds within the bright red berries and foliage are poisonous.  Keep away from children.

 

 


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