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.



Juniper, Upright Types (Juniperus)

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





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Willoway Nurseries


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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.

Spearmint  (Juniperus chinensis—Chinese Juniper)

Height:   10'-15’

Spread:  3’-6’

Other Notes:  Dark green foliage with a dense columnar habit. 

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.

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.



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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


Austrian Columnar Pine 'Arnold's Sentinel'

Height: 20'-25'

Spread: 4'-6'

Other Notes:  Very upright and narrow, with a full body.  Strong needles and candles are borne upright.  Perfect for those small entryways, small lots and unique planting situations.  Dark green needles are very sturdy and can handle Colorado snowloads.



Bosnian Pine

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Irish Bell

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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 'Irish Bell' (leucodermis)   (Dwarf)

Height:  6' in 10 years

Spread:  4' in 10 years

Other Notes: Extremely slow growing compact variety.  This dwarf Bosnian Pine boasts a handsome, broadly pyramidal form that stays compact, neat and well-mannered. Trees gradually widen into a classic bell shape, narrow at the top, broader near the ground and about as wide as tall. A mature 'Irish Bell' displays a colony of upright branches, each one decorated with tufts of straight green needles and glistening white fascicles. The bright white accent gives the impression that light dances among the needles, a feature that accentuates the beauty of this useful ornamental pine and adds to its value as a striking garden specimen. Well regarded in the trade, this selection is a good choice for urban and suburban gardens for year-round impact.


Bosnian Pine 'Compact Gem' (leucodermis)  Dwarf

Height:  4' in 10 years

Spread:  3' in 10 years

Other Notes:  A very slow-growing, narrow tree, 'Compact Gem' is a time-honored treasure for the garden, especially one with limited space. The sturdy Bosnian Pine matures into a dense, well-proportioned, columnar tree that stays trim even after many years. Elegant, long, dark green needles cover the tree's branches thickly and contribute to a dynamic, full-size feel that fits in tight garden spaces. Superior disease and pest resistance and outstanding health assure year-round beauty. Originally introduced to the trade in 1964 by Hillier Nursery in England, 'Compact Gem' warrants continued acclaim and wider use in today's tighter garden spaces.



Eastern White Pine

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Lace Bark Pine 'Rowe Arboretum'

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Eastern 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.

Lace Bark Pine 'Rowe Arboretum' (Pinus bungeana)

Height: 10' in 10 years

Spread: 4'  in 10 years

Other Notes:  Named for the Ohio arboretum where it was found, this form of Chinese Lacebark Pine is noteworthy for its habit, which is neater, more compact, and more uniform than the open, irregular branching of the species. The tree's narrow needles have an interesting, waxy look, and the beautifully shaped tree displays showy bark, a patchwork of white, green, and brown, as it matures.


Taylor's Sunburst Pine

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Southwest White Pine 'Coronado'

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Lodgepole Pine 'Taylor's Sunburst' (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.

Southwest White Pine 'Coronado' (Pinus strobiformis)

Height: 3' in ten years (up to 8' at maturity)

Spread: 3' in ten years (up to 12' at maturity)

Other Notes:  Long, soft needles with a distinctive blue appearance give this dwarf form of Southwest White Pine a full, fluffy look. Plants develop an upright, rounded shape that stays compact and lends a comfortable, yet classy beauty to smaller gardens, larger containers and mixed borders all year long.



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.

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 Colorado 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.


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.

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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.


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Weeping Norway Spruce       Weeping Blue Spruce

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Weeping Forms

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’.


Weeping Blue Spruce (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.