Balsam fir is the most cold-hardy and aromatic of all firs. It seems to gladly suffer the Canadian cold but is also comfortable when planted in mid-latitude eastern North America. A. balsamea normally grows to a height of 60 feet and can live at sea level to 6,000 feet. The tree is one of America's most popular Christmas trees.
Abies concolor 'Candicans' - Candicans White Fir
Zone 4 • Mature 30-40’ tall x 15’ wide
A dazzling tree with very large powder-blue needles on a fast growing tree. Older specimens are topped with large, erect, bluish purple cones. Forms an outstanding specimen. The bluest of the blue.
Abies fraseri - Frazier Fir
Zone 4 • Mature 30-50’ tall x 10-25’ wide
Fraser fir is native to a very small area of the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee extending into the southwestern corners of Virginia and West Viginia. It is typically found at elevations ranging from 4500’ to 6900’. It is the only fir that is indigenous to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Although rare in nature, Fraser fir is one of the most popular Christmas trees sold in commerce today, and is commonly grown in tree farms for that purpose. This is a narrow, pyramidal, evergreen conifer with a spire-like crown. It grows to 30-50’ tall over time with a spread of 10-25’. It is very similar to balsam fir (Abies balsamea), the primary difference being in the bracts of the cone scales. Specific epithet and common name honor John Fraser (1750-1811), Scottish botanist and plant collector, who discovered this plant and introduced it to Britain.
Chameacyparis Nootkatensis Glauca Pendula
Weeping Blue Alaskan Cypress
Zone 5 • Mature 30-40' tall x 20’ wide
Soft, pendulous blue-green foliage on a conical crown with numerous drooping branches to the ground; beautiful specimen tree that can be effectively used as a graceful screen; this conifer is likely one of the most under used upright tree form plants available in the trade; the graceful, drooping habit is clearly a stunning sight at any size, even 8 and 10' plants
Handsome, fast growing specimen forms dark green, densely branched columns useful as a formal accent, screen or windbreak. In natural form, its symmetrical, pyramidal shape rarely needs pruning. Excellent sheared topiary. Tolerates heat, cold and drought.
Juniperus chinensis 'Blue Point' - Blue Point Juniper
Zone 4 • Mature 12’ tall x 8’ wide
A favorite for stately lawn specimens and tall screens. Densely branched, broad pyramid form with glowing blue-green foliage. Maintains form well with practically no shearing.
Exceptionally showy, silvery blue foliage and broad pyramidal form makes a most attractive landscape accent, excellent for screens, hedges and group plantings. This tough plant has a dense compact branching habit that resists grazing by deer.
Juniperus scopulorum 'Wichita Blue' - Wichita Blue Juniper
Zone 3 • Mature 10-15' tall x 4-6’ wide
A handsome, broadly pyramidal form makes this an excellent choice for screens, hedges, background plant, or lawn specimen. Silver blue foliage retains brilliant color all year.
This plant has a tall and extremely narrow, columnar growth habit. Its short, compact, silvery blue foliage is evergreen with virtually no change from season to season. It's a very striking, dramatic plant when used as a cluster planting against a large fence or building or in formal plantings. The tallest, narrowest juniper out there. Beautifully elegant for use around large entryways, gates, or even just to hide that old gutter downspout. FAST GROWING!!!!
Larix kaempferi 'Diana' - Diana Japanese Larch
Zone 4 • Mature 20-25’ tall x 10-13’ wide
'Diana' is a contorted cultivar that typically grows to 6-8' tall over the first 10 years, eventually maturing over time to 20-25' tall. Branches and stems are contorted and twisted. Twisted blue-green needles are soft to the touch. It was discovered by G. D. Boehlje near Westerstede, Germany in 1974
Metasequoia glyptostroboides - Dawn Redwood
Zone 4 • Mature 70-100’ tall x 15-25’ wide
From fossil records, dawn redwood is known to have existed as many as 50,000,000 years ago. However, it was not until 1941 that dawn redwood was first discovered growing in the wild near the town of Modaoqi China by Chinese forester, T. Kan. Seeds collected from the original site were made available to the Missouri Botanical Garden in 1947. Seedlings grown therefrom were planted in front of the Lehmann Building at MBG in 1952 where they have now developed into large mature trees (70’+ tall). Dawn redwood is a deciduous, coniferous tree that grows in a conical shape to 100’ tall.
Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Gold Rush'
Gold Rush Dawn Redwood
Zone 4 • Mature 70-100' ta;; x 15-25’ wide
Gold Rush’ is a cultivar that features soft, linear, feathery, fern-like foliage that is distinctively golden-yellow throughout summer. Foliage gradually turns orange-brown in fall. It reportedly grows somewhat slower than the species. Trees will typically rise to 10-15’ tall over the first 10 years, eventually maturing over time to 70-100’ tall. As the tree matures, the trunk broadens at the base and develops attractive and sometimes elaborate fluting.
Picea abies - Norway Spruce
Zone 2 • Mature 40-60' tall x 25-35’ wide
Picea abies, commonly called Norway spruce, is a large pyramidal evergreen conifer that is native to the mountains of northern and central Europe east to the Urals. In its native European habitat, it typically matures to 100-150' (occasionally to 200') tall. It has been widely planted in cool and temperate regions of North American where it typically matures to a much shorter 40-60' (less frequently to 100') tall. It is noted for its rapid growth. Primary branches are slightly upturned but secondary branches become pendulous as the tree matures
Picea abies 'Argenteospicata'
White Tipped Norway Spruce
Zone 2 • Mature 30-40' tall x 10-15’ wide
The bright yellow tips of this Norway Spruce make an amazing contrast with the dark green foliage. The glaring tips eventually fade to green during the summer. An narrow upright habit
Picea abies 'Cupressina' - Columnar Norway Spruce
Zone 2 • Mature 25-30’ tall x 6-8’ wide
Elegant columnar selection, highly valued as a specimen, perimeter planting or accent plant. Slender, uniform growth habit with dense branching to the ground. Dark green needles are slightly curved on closely set branches. Makes an ideal windbreak or privacy wall. Highly recommended for cool climates with a short growing season
Picea glauca - White Spruce
Zone 2 • Mature 40-60' tall x 10-20’ wide
Picea glauca is a dense, medium sized, narrow, pyramidal conifer with a spire-like crown. It is native to a large area of North America from Labrador to Alaska south to Montana, Minnesota and New York. It is primarily found in forests, rock hills, slopes and on the peripheries of streams and lakes. It typically grows to 40-60’ tall, but may rise to as much as 100’.
Picea Omorika - Serbian Spruce
Zone 4 • Mature 40-60' tall x 15-20' wide
Picea omorika, commonly called Serbian spruce, is an evergreen conifer that is native to limestone soils in the upper Drina River Valley in western Siberia and eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. It typically grows to 50-60' tall in cultivation, but will rise to as much as 100' tall over time in its native habitat. This is a narrow, pyramidal, spire-like tree with pendant branches that ascend at the tips.
Picea pungens 'Fat Albert' - Fat Albert Blue Spruce
Zone 3 • Mature 10-20’ tall x 10-12’ tall
So easy and shapely, this outstanding, blue-needled tree produces a strong, naturally-straight leader and a full, pyramidal form as both a young plant and a mature tree. Part of the Jean Iseli Signature series, it was personally selected by Jean from thousands of seedlings and whimsically named by Don Howse, a longtime friend of the nursery and self-proclaimed "plant addict." A perfect and predictable Colorado Blue Spruce, it requires no staking or training to achieve its outstanding, formal stature. The uniformity of this cultivar has allowed it to establish itself as a standard in the trade.
Picea pungens 'Glauca' - Colorado Blue Spruce
Zone 4 • Mature 40-60' tall x 10-20' wide
This very popular evergreen conifer has a symmetrical, pyramidal form. A handsome tree with rigid tiered branches densely covered with stiff gray-blue needles. Use for accent, windbreak or tall screen. Full sun. Moderate grower.
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