Evergreen Trees

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These stars of the winter landscape provide color and structure all year.  Larger types may be used as wind screens.  If you are a bird lover, plant an evergreen.  You will have visitors all year. Evergreens are one of the lowest maintenance choices for the landscape.   However, they will perform much better with regular watering, especially during winter months.

Please Note:  In stock availability of specific varieties listed below will vary depending upon time of season and sales.  
Please call (719) 574-8058 for current availability.




Photo Courtesy Leo Gentry Nursery

Emerald Green Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)

Height: 15'-18'

Spread: 3'-4'

Other Notes: Bright emerald green foliage. Compact form that is slow growing. Plant in sun to part sun, but protect from winds. Tolerates clay soil. Nice pyramidal form. Good accent tree with a small spread.




Juniper, Upright Types (Juniperus)

Widely planted because they are tough.  A good choice for windy, exposed locations.  Must be planted in well-drained soils.  





Wichita Blue

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Willoway Nurseries



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Willoway Nurseries

Moonglow (Juniperus scopulorum)



Other Notes:  


Spartan  (Juniperus chinensis—Chinese Juniper)

Height:   15’-20’

Spread:  4’-6’

Other Notes:  Bright green foliage with a dense columnar habit.  
Great vertical accent for narrow places.


Spearmint  (Juniperus chinensis—Chinese Juniper)

Height:   10'-15’

Spread:  3’-6’

Other Notes:  Dark green foliage with a dense columnar habit. 


Skyrocket  (Juniperus scopulorum)

Height:  15’-20’

Spread:  3’-4’

Other Notes: Blue –green foliage with a slender, upright growth habit.  Great vertical accent in narrow places.


Wichita Blue  (Juniperus scopulorum--Rocky Mountain Juniper)

Height:  15’-20’

Spread:  6’-8’

Other Notes:  Feathery textured blue gray foliage with a wider spread than either Spartan or Skyrocket.  Pyramidal form.



Pine (Pinus)



Frost on a pine is quintessential Colorado.  Very pretty in winter!   Does well in windy, exposed sites.  We offer both dwarf and full-sized types.  

Note:  It is normal for pines to periodically shed some of their needles toward the interior of the tree.   New growth will occur at the tips of the branches.



Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra)  'Oregon Green'

Height:  40’-50’

Spread:  25’-30’

Other Notes:  Long, stiff, dark green needles.  Holds color in winter.  Fast growing with a dense oval habit.   Due to its large size, can be utilized as a wind screen—(typically on north or west exposures).  Give this variety room to grow as it will get quite large at maturity.




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Austrian Columnar Pine 'Arnold's Sentinel'

Height: 20'-25'

Spread: 4'-6'

Other Notes:  Very upright and narrow, with a full body.  Strong needles and candles are borne upright.  Perfect for those small entryways, small lots and unique planting situations.  Dark green needles are very sturdy and can handle Colorado snowloads.

Bosnian Pine: Emerald Arrow

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Bosnian Pine 'Emerald Arrow' (Pinus leucodermis)

Height:  15' (in 10 years) and up to 25’ at maturity

Spread: 8'-10’ at maturity

Other Notes:   Deep green pine.  This variety is a compact form with a pyramidal shape.  Good evergreen for smaller yards as it is narrow at maturity and slow growing.  Zone 5.






Taylor's Sunburst Pine

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Lodgepole Pine 'Taylor's Sunburst' (Pinus contorta)

Height: 15'

Spread: 10'

Other Notes: Looking for something a little different? This specialty conifer was discovered in the Colorado Rockies! Bright yellow new growth contrasts with older green needles in spring before softening to a pleasing yellow green. Bright red cones appear mid-summer. Upright irregular form. Slow grower. Requires well-drained soil and performs best in full sun.




Limber Pine:  Vanderwolf (Pinus flexilis)

Height:    20’-25’

Spread:    10’-15’

Other Notes:  A graceful long-needled pine with a blue-green color.   Open branches and pyramidal shape.  Another good evergreen for smaller yards.


Spruce (Picea)



Most people are familiar with the Colorado blue spruce.  But, did you know its also available in green?  This group of evergreens is always popular and varies a great deal in size and form.




Colorado Blue & Green Spruce 


Large Spruce Varieties:


Blue Spruce 'Baby Blue' (Picea pungens)

Height: 60'-100'

Spread: up to 30'-35' (20' is more common in the landscape)

Other Notes: A striking variety of large Spruce.  A dense, round growth pattern at all ages.  Blue color.  Grows about 1 foot per year.  Give this one some room!  It will get quite large at maturity.


Black Hills Spruce

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Black Hills Spruce (Picea glauca var. densata)

Height: 35'-45'

Spread: 25'-30'

Other Notes: Shapely "Christmas tree" type evergreen, with short, blue-green needles. Shears easily. Useful as a specimen, hedge, or windbreak. Best in full sun, but tolerates light shade.


Columnar Blue Spruce

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Dwarf Spruce Varieties:


These Spruce varieties come in various compact forms--some slender for narrow spaces, some short and wide at the bottom, and still others offer a weeping form.

Columnar Blue Spruce (Picea pungens fastigiata)

Height: 15' (up to 20')

Spread: up to 6'

Other Notes: Short on space but want an evergreen accent? This tree offers some height with a very narrow spread. There may be some variance in eventual height/spread depending on root stock. However, the upward growth habit of the branches combined with the smaller width make this tree a good pick for a vertical accent. Slower growing than the species. Silvery blue color.



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Fat Albert Spruce (Picea pungens)

Height: 15' 

Spread: 8'-10

Other Notes:

A truly blue spruce, this grafted variety is slow-growing and ideal for situations where you would like a spruce that doesn't ultimately reach 60' in height! 'Fat Albert' has a naturally straight leader and well-shaped form, even as a young tree and requires no staking or training. 2006 Plants of Merit®.


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Dwarf Alberta Spruce (Picea glauca)

Height:  8’-10’

Spread:  4’-5’

Other Notes:  A slow growing dwarf type.   Popular because of its shape and small stature.  Avoid hot, dry, exposed sites.  Moist, part sun locations work well for this tree.



Norway Spruce, Weeping (Picea pendula)

Height:  6’

Spread:  8’

Other Notes:  Dark green needles on weeping evergreen branches.    Offers a unique form compared to traditional evergreens.  Will take on its weeping form at about 3’.