Conifers with the best blue or silver color

monkeytreeboy15(Zone 7b/8a)June 21, 2012

Many conifers are selected for the steel-blue color, but which ones are the best in your opinion?

Here are a couple that come to mind for me!

Abies fraseri 'Blue Bonnet'

Picea engelmannii 'Jasper'

Picea glauca 'Blue Teardrop'

Abies lasiocarpa 'Alpine Beauty'

Abies lasiocarpa 'Prickly Pete'

Please share your favorite blue conifers, also.

-Sam

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sprucebud

Picea pungens 'The Blues'

Picea pungens 'Montgomery'

Richard

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 4:31AM
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Sara Malone Zone 9b

That 'Blue Bonnet' is gorgeous! So is 'The Blues' and 'Montgomery'. What great color. The others ain't too shabby, either.

I love P. pungens 'Lucretia'...we'll see if she grows as slowly as advertised! Some of the Abies concolors are very blue, as well.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 8:13AM
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bostonbob(NE MA)

I am sorry - I don't know the names - but these are globular blue spruce. I bought them for the gorgeous blue color! Fast growers!

First planted!

8 yrs later:

A gorgeous cousin:

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 9:45AM
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firefightergardener(7/8)

Pretty cool plants Bostonbob, nice and compact.

I can share some, as Spring slowly gives way to Summer here.

Abies koreana 'Kohout's Icebreaker'

Abies procera 'Hupp's Blue'. A noble selected for this strong silvery color.

Abies concolor 'Glenmore' - A nice bright blue.

Closeup.

Cedrus libani var. atlantica 'Sapphire Nymph' - Forming a great medium sized dwarf.

Abies procera 'Pesek'

-Will

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 12:55PM
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monkeytreeboy15(Zone 7b/8a)

Excellent stuff. A nice, fine and feathery texture on Abies concolor 'Glenmore', huh?

Abies koreana 'Blauer Eskimo' (found as a witch's broom on 'Blauer Pfiff')

-Sam

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 1:33PM
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mirek_l

P. pungens 'Mecky'

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 4:26PM
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mirek_l

P. pung. JMC3

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 5:14PM
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Fiddlegal08(8)

Picea pungens 'Ruby Teardrops'

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 8:26PM
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Fiddlegal08(8)

Abies procera 'Blaue Hexe'

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 8:57PM
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blue_yew(Z9 Devon UK)

Cunninghamia lanceolata 'Glauca'

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 3:47AM
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severnside

Appropriately named but still needs to colour up fully.

Abies koreana 'Blue And Silver' or 'Blue 'n' Silver'

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 4:57AM
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coniferjoy(z7 The Netherlands)

A witches' broom out of a witches' broom...
Juniperus squamata 'Tropical Blue'

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 5:34AM
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sluice

Picea pungens 'Edith'

Picea pungens 'MPH Mamut Torony' (and a P. pungens 'C. Blue' in the background)

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 10:03AM
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monkeytreeboy15(Zone 7b/8a)

Wow, some great, bright blues here!

'Ruby Teardrops' is awesome!

Edwin, could you tell us more about the 'Tropical Blue' what witch's broom was it derived from?

Severnside, that Korean Fir is very fitting for this photo gallery. It is surprising to see one of your conifers in the ground instead of a pot!

Nate, that second P. pungens is definitely one of the bluest conifers I've ever seen.

-Sam

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 2:37PM
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maple_grove_gw

Abies koreana 'Horstmann's Silberlocke'

Abies procera 'Glauca'

Picea pungens 'Copeland'

And wouldn't be complete without a Cedrus libani var. atlantica 'Glauca'

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 8:43PM
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coniferjoy(z7 The Netherlands)

Sam, the Juniperus squamata 'Tropical Blue' is a witches' broom out of a 'Blue Star' which is a witches' broom out of a 'Meyeri'...

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 4:53AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

A lot of great plants here.

Mirek, that JMC3 is a beauty! Glad to see it propagated for you!!

Dax

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 9:04AM
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mirek_l

P. pung. 'Szpaczek'

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 1:38PM
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monkeytreeboy15(Zone 7b/8a)

Abies veitchii 'Rumburk' (love this one)

-Sam

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 3:24AM
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monkeytreeboy15(Zone 7b/8a)

Abies veitchii 'Rumburk' (love this one)

-Sam

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 3:25AM
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monkeytreeboy15(Zone 7b/8a)

Abies veitchii 'Rumburk' (love this one)

-Sam

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 3:32AM
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severnside

You really do love that 'Rumburk' MTB, lol 3 posts

Yeah it does seem all my collection is in containers but I will be planting more out this fall.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 4:51AM
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monkeytreeboy15(Zone 7b/8a)

Lol. My internet connection was acting strangely, saying that my message hadn't posted when, in fact, it had... twice.

Well, good luck transplanting to Terra "fir"ma. :0)

-Sam

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 2:31PM
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clement_2006


Picea obovata "Glauca"


Picea obovata "Glauca"

Clement

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 4:04PM
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