Favorite Evergreens

Evergreens are the backbone of the winter landscape, adding interest and life. Benefits include a good windbreak and a haven for our feathered friends.

Evergreen Trees - Included are pines, spruces and firs. The plant of all-seasons, this tree stays green all year long. These cold-tolerant trees provide winter color and a natural Colorado look.

  • Colorado Blue Spruce - Stiff, round needles ranging from green to silver blue, pyramidal growth habit and Colorado's state tree. Height 70' - 80', spread 30' - 35'.
  • Austrian Pine - Long, stiff dark green needles hold their color well in winter. Fast growing, with a dense oval habit. Height 40' - 50', spread 25' - 30'.
  • Piñon Pine - Heavy branching with short green needles. Slow growing, round headed pine with edible seeds. Extremely drought tolerant. Height 10' - 25', spread 10' - 20'.

Specialty Conifers - Specialty and dwarf conifers are valuable as specimens, accents and focal points. They provide creative alternatives to junipers and are ideal for small intimate landscapes.

  • Mugo Pine - Shrubby habit with numerous assending stems. Needles are medium green. Size varies on pruning techniques and varieties. Height 2' - 15', spread 3' - 20'.
  • Dwarf Alberta Spruce - Bright green needles on a formal, dense, conical plant. Avoid hot, dry sites. Very slow growing. Height 8', spread 3' - 4'.
  • Yew - Deep emerald green foliage with bright green new growth. Orange-red berries in fall. Prefers protection and partially shaded sights. Many varieties of growth habits and sizes.

Other suggestions: Arborvitae, Scotch Pine, Tanyosho Pine, Norway Spruce.

Broadleaf Evergreen - A distinctive group of plants, which retain their leaves throughout the winter, and are often used to provide winter color. All will need a little protection and winter watering.

  • Grape Holly - Dark green holly-like leaves turn bronze-red in fall. Yellow flowers in early spring are followed by edible blue berries in mid-summer. Three varieties recommended are Creeping Mahonia, Oregon and Compacta. Height ranging from 12" - 6', depending on variety.
  • Euonymus - This group of broadleafed evergreens offers a wide variety of leaf shapes, colors and growth habits. Height 2' - 6', spread variable.
  • Pyracantha/Firethorn - Thorny branches with white spring flowers, followed by clusters of orange berries that hold well through winter. Small oval dark green leaves, great fall color. Height 4' - 8', spread 4' - 8'.
Other suggestions: Boxwood, Holly, Mountain Mahogony, Yucca.

Junipers - A versatile, hardy, fast growing group of evergreens - available in a wide choice of shapes, sizes and colors. Useful as groundcovers, windbreaks, hedges or screens.

  • Buffalo Juniper - Low growing, bright green foliage, extremely hardy. Height 12" - 18", spread 6 - 8'.
  • Tammy Juniper - Medium sized, blue green foliage, forming a feathery mound. Height 4' , spread 6'.
  • Seagreen Juniper - Tall, lush green foliage with dense vase shaped habit. Height 6' - 8' , spread 6' - 8'.
  • Gray Gleam Upright Juniper - Gray-green foliage with a densy pyramidal shape. Height 12' - 15, spread 6' - 8'.

Other suggestions: Armstrong, Old Gold, Bar Harbor, Blue Chip, Savin, Prince of Wales, Blue Rug, Blue Point, Spearmint and Moonglow.

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