small blue conifer suggestions

drdna(4b)October 18, 2011

I would like to have your suggestions for a small(3 ft) blue conifer, round would be nice, sun in the morning until mid-afternoon, hardy to my zone 4b, something original.

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Here's two that I have in my collection that do well in my zone 4 garden. Picea glauca 'Echiniformis

Picea pungens 'early cone'

    Bookmark   October 18, 2011 at 9:40PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Not sure about "original" and 3 ft high might be a stretch, although it should get there eventually, but...

Picea pungens 'St. Mary's Broom'


    Bookmark   October 18, 2011 at 10:08PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Harv, your Picea glauca 'Echiniformis might actually be a cultivar of Picea mariana...just a heads up. What are those little blue seedlings by the way?

drdna, do you plan to buy locally or go mail order? If the latter the sky is the limit! Check out the dwarf mounding verions of Abies concolor as well.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2011 at 10:25PM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

Whass, the little blue 'seedlings' are Sedums. They come in several different colors. Blue, white, green red,and yellow for the most part.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 1:32PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5


every conifer has an annual growth rate.. nothing is really going to stop at some magical height.. most size estimates are at 10 years .. double at 20 ...

so its all about how big you get it.. and how long it will take to achieve and surpass the size you want ...

dax ought to have a link to the guy in Canada.. whispering.. or whistling something or another ...

we can probably make a lot of suggestions about names you might never find in the trade ... so it might be better to find suppliers lists.. and then ask us about the names you find available ....

i do like st marys though ....


Here is a link that might be useful: conifer intro

    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 4:22PM
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dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)


Several conifers come with varying degrees of blue.

If you have to have blue then Picea pungens cultivars are the best bet because of so many cultivars to choose from.

If you can live with steel blue, blue/green. blue/silver that opens up a broad field of possibilities.

3 ft. conifers don't exhist in a garden setting for very long. They only achieve that height/width for a short time. That may take 3-5 years to get there and then continue growing till they die.

The last easy is it for you to find and purchase some of the interesting/rare cultivars that will be mentioned on this post. Do you have a local nursery that carries more then the big box garden variety of plants. Will they order some of the more interesting offerings out there if asked to do so.

Several offerings I have growing in my garden. I'll do 4 and see what happens.


Picea mariana 'Blue Tear Drop'. A blue/green coloring.

Picea pungens 'Waldbrunn. Another blue/green.

Piceq pungens 'Globosa' Available at most garden centers.

Picea pungens 'Gerald's Dwarf Blue.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 5:00PM
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bernd ny zone5

I have and like Picea pungens 'Globosa', 'Montgomery', 'Blaukissen' and 'St. Mary's Broom'. I just could not resist a 1 ft tall Pinus strobus 'Soft Touch' from Home Depot for $3.49 (also Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil' for $2).

    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 5:13PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Whistling Gardens in Wilsonville, ON is what Ken alluded to.


Here is a link that might be useful: Whistling Gardens

    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 6:12PM
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monkeytreeboy15(Zone 7b/8a)

One of the best blue colors around is available on Tsuga mertensiana. This slow-growing, upright cultivar called 'Bump's Blue' is excellent!

Picea mariana 'Blue Teardrop' is a good one, also

Abies procera 'Blaue Hexe' is the best blue fir I know of

Hope this helps!


    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 7:45PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Zone 4b would likely kill the Abies procera and the Tsuga mertensiana would not be happy either.


    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 8:17PM
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Hi. This one isn't round,but it's slow growing,very hardy and a nice blue imo.

Picea glauca v. albertiana 'Sander's Blue'


    Bookmark   October 20, 2011 at 1:26AM
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Nice T!

Here's another one, with a slightly irregular roundish shape. Slow grower, and one of the bluer doug firs.

Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Bila Lhota'

    Bookmark   October 20, 2011 at 11:57PM
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Wow! That's what I call great service! Thank you all for the suggestions and pics! I have an account at whistling garden so I have many choices to pick from.


    Bookmark   October 23, 2011 at 2:25PM
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