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Evergreen Trees...

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These stars of the winter landscape provide color and structure all year.  Larger types may be used as wind screens.  If you are a bird lover, plant an evergreen.  You will have visitors all year. 

Evergreens are one of the lowest maintenance choices for the landscape.   However, they will perform much better with
regular watering, especially during winter months.

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.

Arborvitae (Thuja)



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Emerald Green Arborvitae

Height:  15'-18'

Spread:  3'-4'

Other Notes:  Bright emerald green foliage.  Compact form that is slow growing.  Plant in sun to part sun, protect from winds.  Tolerates clay soil.  Nice pyramidal form.  Good accent tree with a small spread. 

Fir (Abies)


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Korean Fir 'Silverlocke'

Height: 12'-15'

Spread: 8'-10'

Other Notes: New growth on this Korean fir recurves to reveal striking silvery-white undersides. Cones are formed near the top of the tree and are an attractive steely blue color. Dense and slow growing, this fir makes an eye-catching addition to any landscape.  Zone 5



Juniper, Upright Types (Juniperus)

Widely planted because they are tough.  A good choice for windy, exposed locations.  Must be planted in well-drained soils.  


Moonglow  (Juniperus scopulorum--Rocky Mountain Juniper)

Height:   20’

Spread:  6’

Other Notes:  Gray-green foliage.  Height without a lot of width.  Good as a narrow accent.


Spartan  (Juniperus chinensis—Chinese Juniper)

Height:   15’-20’

Spread:  4’-6’

Other Notes:  Bright green foliage with a dense columnar habit.  
Great vertical accent for narrow places.


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Skyrocket  (Juniperus virginiana—Eastern Red Cedar)

Height:  15’-20’

Spread:  3’-4’

Other Notes:  Blue –green foliage with a slender, upright growth habit.  Great vertical accent in narrow places.



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Wichita Blue  (Juniperus scopulorum--Rocky Mountain Juniper)

Height:  15’-20’

Spread:  6’-8’

Other Notes:  Feathery textured blue gray foliage with a wider spread than either Spartan or Skyrocket.  Pyramidal form.


Pine (Pinus)


Frost on a pine is quintessential Colorado.  Very pretty in winter!   Does well in windy, exposed sites.  We offer both dwarf and full-sized types.  

Note:  It is normal for pines to periodically shed some of their needles toward the interior of the tree.   New growth will occur at the tips of the branches.


pinus_austrianpine_pcojen Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra)

Height:  40’-50’

Spread:  25’-30’

Other Notes:  Long, stiff, dark green needles.  Holds color in winter.  Fast growing with a dense oval habit.   Due to its large size, can be utilized as a wind screen—(typically on north or west exposures).  Give this variety room to grow as it will get quite large at maturity.

Variety: Oregon Green


pinus_bosnian_pcojen Bosnian Pine (Pinus heldreichii, Pinus leucodermis)

Height:  40’

Spread:  10’

Other Notes:   Deep green pine.  Slower growing than an Austrian and about half as wide.  Good evergreen for smaller yards.  Pyramidal shape.


Bosnian Pine 'Emerald Arrow' (leucodermis)

Height:  30'-35'

Spread:  10'-15'

Other Notes:  Dark green needles and upward facing branches grace this relatively narrow version of a Bosnian Pine.   A strong columnar shape for smaller spaces.



Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)

Height: Variable 30'-60'

Spread: variable 20'-30'

Other Notes:  Bluish-green twisted evergreen needles. Bark can have an orange tinge with age. Prefers well-drained soil. Tolerates dry soil once established. Zone 3


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Taylor's Sunburst Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta)

Height: 15'

Spread: 10'

Other Notes: Looking for something a little different? This specialty conifer was discovered in the Colorado Rockies! Bright yellow new growth contrasts with older green needles in spring before softening to a pleasing yellow green. Bright red cones appear mid-summer. Upright irregular form. Slow grower. Requires well-drained soil and performs best in full sun.


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Vanderwolf Pine (Pinus flexilis)

Height:    20’-25’

Spread:    10’-15’

Other Notes:  A graceful long-needled pine with a blue-green color.   Open branches and pyramidal shape.  Another good evergreen for smaller yards.


White Pine, Columnar Form (Pinus strobus fastiagata)

Height: 40’

Spread: 15’

Other Notes: A nice pine tree for smaller landscapes because it doesn't get very wide.  Green long needles on a tall columnar tree.   Grow in a sheltered spot away from damaging winter winds.

Spruce (Picea)



Most people are familiar with the Colorado blue spruce.  But, did you know its also available in green?  This group of evergreens is always popular and varies a great deal in size and form.




Colorado Blue & Green Spruce



Large Spruce Varieties:

Baby Blue Spruce

Height: 60'-100'

Spread: up to 30'-35' (20' is more common in the landscape)

Other Notes: A striking variety of large Spruce.  A dense, round growth pattern at all ages.  Blue color.  Grows about 1 foot per year.  Give this one some room!  It will get quite large at maturity.


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Black Hills Spruce

Height: 35'-45'

Spread: 25'-30'

Other Notes:

Shapely "Christmas tree" type evergreen, with short, blue-green needles. Shears easily. Useful as a specimen, hedge, or windbreak. Best in full sun, but tolerates light shade.


Columnar Blue Spruce

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Dwarf Spruce Varieties:

These Spruce varieties come in various compact forms--some slender for narrow spaces, some short and wide at the bottom, and still others offer a weeping form.

Columnar Blue Spruce (fastigiata)

Height: 15' (up to 20')

Spread: up to 6'

Other Notes: Short on space but want an evergreen accent? This tree offers some height with a very narrow spread. There may be some variance in eventual height/spread depending on root stock. However, the upward growth habit of the branches combined with the smaller width make this tree a good pick for a vertical accent. Slower growing than the species. Silvery blue color.


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Fat Albert Spruce

Height: 15' 

Spread: 8'-10

Other Notes:

A truly blue spruce, this grafted variety is slow-growing and ideal for situations where you would like a spruce that doesn't ultimately reach 60' in height! 'Fat Albert' has a naturally straight leader and well-shaped form, even as a young tree and requires no staking or training. 2006 Plants of Merit®.


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Dwarf Alberta Spruce (Picea glauca)

Height:  8’-10’

Spread:  4’-5’

Other Notes:  A slow growing dwarf type.   Popular because of its shape and small stature.  Avoid hot, dry, exposed sites.  Moist, part sun locations work well for this tree.

picea_cuppressina_pcojen Norway Spruce, Columnar Cupressina (Picea abies) 

Height:  30’-40’

Spread: 8’-10’

Other Notes:   Deep green, upright.   Tall and narrow for small spaces or as a vertical accent.  Relatively fast growing at 8”-10” per year.  Handles snow load well.


picea_norwayabiespendula_pcojen Norway Spruce, Weeping (Picea pendula)

Height:  6’

Spread:  8’

Other Notes:  Dark green needles on weeping evergreen branches.    Offers a unique form compared to traditional evergreens.  Will take on its weeping form at about 3’.


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Weeping Blue Spruce 'Slenderina' (Picea pungens glauca pendula)

Height:  15'-18’

Spread:  10'-15’

Other Notes: More upright than prostrate, this blue spruce has a graceful upward, yet weeping habit and a strong electric blue color. Average growth rate is 8-10 inches per year; no pruning or shaping is required. Slenderina creates a spectacular specimen in the landscape.



White Fir (Abies concolor)

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White Fir

Height:  40’-60’

Spread: 20’-25’

Other Notes:  Soft flat, blue-green needles.  In spring, new growth is lighter giving it an attractive contrast.  Pyramidal shape.  Does best in a slightly moist location.



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