closer up (I edited to add a different pic here, the first close up was blurry maybe this is better)
This post was edited by olreader on Sat, Apr 5, 14 at 19:38
It looks like a Picea pungens 'Montgomery' on a standard, to me. There are other cultivars that look very similar, though.
Thanks! I will try to look that one up.
Does on a standard mean on a standard sized lower trunk, or does standard mean flag(pole) like royal standard, standard bearer etc., or does standard mean something else.?
In this context, 'standard' means 'ball on top of a stick', I guess from the flagpole usage. Done by pruning off the lower branches, and/or by grafting the dwarf cultivar on top of a tall stem instead of at ground level.
The converse is 'feathered', which means natural, with branches all the way down to the ground.
looks like St Mary Broom to me ...
do you understand what DWARF means???
if a momma Picea pungens grows 8 to 12 inches per year ... a dwarf version of her.. grows less.. say 3 to 6 inches...
if you look at the pic... but w/o a scale.. looks to me.. that the branch ends.. grew about 4 to 5 inches last year ..
so yes.. its a dwarf ..
of course.. the standard actually answers the question.. since you wouldnt put a robust version on top of it ...
when you get into dwarf Picea Pungens... blue spruce.. they are a dime a dozen.. and you might be hard pressed to actually name the particular cultivar ... maybe joy can ... most of us guess ...
again.. with no scale.. its tough.. but i happened to walk by my st mary ... and it looks like it grows about 3 inches per flush.. and yours looks longer ...
so .... perhaps i withdraw my guess ...
they have this type of pungens in front of every mickey Ds in SE MI ... i bet you might start spotting them around..
I say it's PIcea pungens 'Globosa'. Pretty much the norm for pungens on a standard around here.
Here is a link that might be useful: 'Globosa' on standard
I agree with Dave. Readily available at Home Depot.
Thanks everyone, I will try to pay better attention to the "blue" in the Colorado Blue Spruce, my excuse is that I'm slightly colorblind. We have a big Picea pungens and once in a while when the light's right it really does look blue to me.
I planted a few dwarf conifers last week, dwarf meaning like a foot high, so everyone here is noticing them more and mor and someone asked me if that lollipop was a dwarf conifer, and I said I'd ask gardenweb and took a pic with my phone.
When non-conifers start to leaf out I will have questions like What kind of maple? Is this a rose? But don't worry, I'll ask in other forums....