Four years of Picea pungens 'Aubie's Spreader'

firefightergardener(7/8)February 13, 2012

Continuing these time-lapse threads. Here is one of the first conifers I bought from Coenosium Gardens, a laterally growing Picea pungens. Bob had notes that the original plant was some six feet wide and never produced a terminal leader.

Summer 2008

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2010

2011

-Will

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dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)

Will,

Nice blue color.

Any cultivar name?

It appears to be a fast grower and I would think you have plans to move it unles you want to mow under it.

Is your brick edging set in mortar or just setting on the ground? I now have about 90% of mine permanently anchored. A big job and hard as hell on the knees.

Everything looks good. Keep posting photos. You have so much to offer.

Dave

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 8:16AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Pretty cool.

Dax

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 8:16AM
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dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)

'Aubie's Spreader'..I missed it the first go around.

Dave

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 8:19AM
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ladylotus(Z3/4 ND)

Will, the growth in Aubie's Spreader in 4 years is amazing. I really like the vivid blue color. However, the last photo with the copper/orange plant to the right makes such a beautiful combination. It makes the blue look almost turquoise. I love it. What is the that plant?

Thanks for sharing the photos.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 8:56PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

The color wheel at its best!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 9:02PM
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harv2016

Again just to add something, here's another example of an 'Aubie's Spreader' from the same source and about the same age. Gets great morning sun but shaded in the afternoon, a plant I may need to think about moving to a sunnier location. Seems to be reaching a bit forward

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 6:28PM
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firefightergardener(7/8)

Cool Harv, though I wonder if that 'leader' is because it's searching for more sun?

Dave, my bricks are semi-set in the ground. Strictly by indenting the ground slightly, they aren't held in place very firmly. Your gardens are made from blood, sweat, tears and preparation. Mine were made from haste, sweat and need! :)

Miss Lotus, I am truely not sure what it is, though it seemed to survive our winters here(to 25 degrees). I would guess it's a semi-tropical plant and not hardy to zone 4! :)

-Will

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 7:01PM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Lady:

That orange plant could be a Leucothoe.

Dax

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 8:42AM
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dietzjm

Very cool plant, Will. Keep 'em coming.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 12:18PM
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coniferjoy(z7 The Netherlands)

Harv's specimen isn't an 'Aubie's Spreader', it looks to me like a Picea pungens 'Bastion'...

Will, the 'Aubie's Spreader' is a very special cultivar and is rarely seen in collections!

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 1:17PM
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harv2016

Just going by what was on the label

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 5:25PM
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ladylotus(Z3/4 ND)

Hey Dax, thank you for the plant name. Sadly, I don't think it will survive this far north by reading the information on the plant you mentioned. It sure does have a beautiful orange color in Will's photo.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 9:25PM
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sluice

Another great series. Like the color combinations as well!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 12:09AM
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