The Black Hills Spruce is an ornamental evergreen conifer that has a strong upright habit. This tree is great for use as a windbreak, privacy screen and accent planting in your yard. The Black Hills Spruce adds attractive dark green foliage and a conical shape to any landscape. The needles on this tree are short and soft to the touch which is nice when mowing or brushing up against this tree.
This tree does great in the cold streaks along the Colorado Front Range. It does best in rich, moist soil, and full sun, but is adaptable to dry, well drained locations as well. This tree requires little to no pruning and doesn't attract pests. The Spruce can live to be 150-350 years old, so plant with a long-term home in mind.
Hardy to -50°F Maximum Elevation: 9,000 ft.
Chinese Juniper ('Pom Pom' Juniper)
The Chinese Juniper, also known as the 'Pom Pom' Juniper is a popular fountain-like, upward-spreading ornamental tree with light silver blue foliage which remains throughout the year. It typically grows to 5-7' tall and to 8-10' wide with unique Dr. Seuss like shapes. This tree was very popular from the 1950s to the 1980s, so it's common to see these in mid-century Colorado neighborhoods. The 'Pom Pom' Juniper has become popular again as it is a great ornamental landscape tree for small spaces, in front of bay windows (as pictured), or as a patio accent.
This needled evergreen requires full sun and is very tolerant of urban air pollution, varying types of soils, and dry conditions. This tree requires occasional watering—mainly just in the very hot summer months and maybe once or twice in November/December if there isn't much snow/rain. These Junipers do very well in Colorado and are not susceptible to many problems, so they are a very tolerant and hearty choice. This tree grows moderately fast.
The fun with this tree is how you can shear it into unique shapes once it is established. It should be trimmed and shaped in the winter months as it can get brown burnout spots if trimmed during the hot months.
Concolor Fir (White Fir)
The Concolor Fir (White Fir) tree lives over 100 years and naturally occurs at an elevation between 2,950-11,200 ft. It is native to the mountains slopes of the western United States including the Cascade, Sierra, and Rocky Mountains. This tree is best grown in rich, medium moisture, slightly acidic, sandy/gravelly, well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. (Best in full sun.) Established trees tolerate some soil dryness, but best performance usually comes with moist soils. The Concolor produces lightly barrel-shaped cones (to 3-6” long) that are most often yellowish-green, maturing to brown or purple. As is distinctive with the firs, the cones appear upright on the branches. This tree may not produce cones and seeds for up to the first 40 years. Its bark is ash-gray and smooth, but will furrow with age. The word Concolor means "all one color" and thus, you can expect a beautiful bluish green color year round with this tree.
This is a popular tree for use as ornamental landscaping and as a Christmas tree. This is a durable tree for the Colorado Front Range and has no serious insect or disease problems. This tree does not do well with urban pollution—so it's not recommended along busy streets or in areas with poor air quality. This tree grows in an elegant pyramidal shape with a symmetrical outline. The height and width can vary depending on soil and site, with mature height ranging between 40-60 feet tall and 20-30 feet wide.
Hardy to -40°F Maximum Elevation: 10,000 ft.
Emerald Arrow Bosnian Pine
Pinus leucodermis 'Emerald Arrow'
This beautiful, slow growing tree typically grows to 20-30 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide. It has a densely-branched pyramid-shaped form and short glossy green needles. Its mature bark is ash gray in color.
The 'Emerald Arrow' Bosnian Pine does very well in the Colorado Front Range, and rarely has problems. This tree works well both in landscaping or can be used as a visibility screen or windbreak.
Note: This tree is very similar to the regular Bosnian Pine (also recommended by ArborAdvisor). The only difference is that this 'Emerald Arrow' variety does not have pine cones and is a tiny bit smaller in both height and width.
Hardy to -30°F Maximum Elevation: 7,000 ft.
Juniperus scopulorum 'Moonglow'
The Moonglow Juniper is a beautiful evergreen which is native to North America. It makes the ArborAdvisor catalog for the following reasons:
Cold-hardy down to -50
Can handle a variety of soil types
This tree thrives nationally across the central United States including Colorado. It has dazzling blue foliage that, like the name suggests, reflects the moonlight in a silvery display. Unlike other trees which lose their leaves or drop cones, the Moonglow Juniper will look exactly the same all year long with cool, silvery needles on dense upward forming branches. This tree forms a dense growth habit which makes it frequently used as a privacy screen or windbreak. This tree does not shed any needles or produce any litter at all which make it virtually maintenance free (other than occasional watering, especially during the first few years.)
This tree will naturally grow to 10-15 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide, but can be pruned to remain smaller if so desired. Plant in full sun or partial sun.
Hardy to -50°F Maximum Elevation: 8,500 ft.
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