Discovered as mutations on their parent plants, these freaks of nature have been cultivated because of their unusual characteristics. Years of collecting and preserving these abnormalities have yielded a vast range of ornamental cultivars with odd color variants, unusual foliage, slower growth rates, or weeping habits.
Abies koreana “Horstmann’s Silberlocke” - Beautiful fluorescent blue-green needles arch back and around the stem exposing the bright silver undersides. Pyramidal shape that can be trimmed. Grows 4-6” per year.
Abies lasiocarpa arizonica glauca compacta - Powder blue needles that give a very soft appearance. Dense branching creates a tight conical form. Can be trimmed to desired shape and size. Grows 2-4” per year.
Cedrus atlantica glauca - Steely-blue needles look great year round. Very upright and pyramidal when young, aging to a more rounded open habit. Grows 12” per year.
Cedrus atlantica glauca “Horstmann” - Same steely-blue foliage as the popular Blue Atlas Cedar, but with a slower growing, small structure. Grows 4-6” per year.
Cedrus atlantica glauca “Pendula” - A waterfall of blue branches looks great all year. Can be trimmed and shaped to your desired look. Grows 10-12” per year.
Cedrus deodara “Divinely Blue” - Attractive blue-green to powder blue foliage sits on branches with drooping tips. Slow growing pyramidal shape. Keep out of cold winter winds. 6 ft tall 3-4 ft wide. 4-6" growth per year.
Cedrus libani glauca pendula - A graceful weeper with glossy, blue-green needles. Long arching branches can be trimmed. Grows 6-12” per year.
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis glauca pendula - A medium sized specimen with loose flowing branches that cascades from a pyramidal form. Blue-green foliage. Grows 10-12” per year. 20 years: 20-30 ft tall 8-10 ft wide.
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis glauca pendula “Green Arrow” - The narrowest of the Alaskan Cedars. Is perfect for a limited space growing only 2-4 ft wide. Can stretch upward to 12-15” tall. Grows 12” a year.
Chamaecyparis obtusa aurea - Beautiful golden foliage is held in flat sprays on a background of deep green - adding color all year long. Grows 6-8” per year.
Chamaecyparis obtusa compacta - Slow growing upright form with deep green fan-like foliage. More dense and narrow than “Gracilis” Grows 6” per year.
Chamaecyparis obtusa “Gracilis” - The most popular Hinoki. Beautiful glossy green fan-like foliage form a pyramidal shape. Can be grown in sun or shade. Grows 8-10” per year.
Chamaecyparis obtusa “Kosteri” - A dwarf upright conifer with a dense habit. Bright green flattened foliage turns a slight bronze in winter. Grows 4” per year.
Chamaecyparis pisifera cyanovitidis - Soft silver-blue foliage trimmed into a classic pom-pom topiary shape. Good for confined spaces. Annual pruning to maintain shape is a must. Grows 3” per year.
Corylus avellana contorta - The twisted branches make this a real eye catcher. Large leaves droop on the plant to add more interest. Golden yellow fall color. Grows 4-6” per year.
Cryptomeria japonica “Yoshino” - fast growing pyramidal form with bright evergreen foliage all year.
Cupressus glabra – A narrow columnar evergreen boasting showy, lacy, silver-gray-blue foliage all season. Tolerant of hot sun and drought conditions. Grows 10-18” per year.
Juniperus chinensis “Blue Point” - A favorite stately specimen with densely branched, broad pyramidal form. Blue/green foliage adds to its appeal. Try it as a vertical accent in the flower garden, patio focal piece, or designating an entranceway. Easily trimmed. 10-14 ft tall 5-6 ft wide.
Juniperus chinensis pfitz “Daub’s Frosted” - Brilliant yellow foliage overlayed a base of blue-green .
Juniperus procumbens nana - Rich green foliage used as a groundcover but grown and shaped in a pom-pom for an interesting specimen. Must trim to shape every spring.
Juniperus squamata Blue Star - steel-blue star-like foliage form a tight, dense habit. Best in full sun. Grows 2-3” per year.
Picea abies pendula - One of the best weeping conifers, each plant has its own unique form. Rich deep green foliage on cascading and arching branches. New cones in spring are a vivid purple before aging to brown. Grows 6-10” per year.
Picea glauca “Pendula” - A beautiful narrow habit with a strong central leader. All side branches weep down. Grey-blue foliage, great focal point for small spaces. Grows 6-8” per year.
Picea omorika ‘Pendula Bruns” - Elegant columnar form, slightly twisted, pendulous branches with two-tone foliage of green and silver. Great for narrow spaces. Grows 6-8” per year.
Picea omorika nana - A dwarf compact globe with contrasting green and silver foliage. Dence shape can be trimmed. Grows 2-4” per year.
Picea pungens Baby Blue - semi dwarf form of Colorado Blue Spruce.
Picea pungens glauca globosa - Bright blue coloration on a compact, globe-shaped plant. This neat conifer will complement any rock garden or other home landscape use, and is virtually maintenance-free to maintain its shape. Grows about 3" per year.
Picea pungens glauca pendula - A weeping or prostrate form of Colorado Blue Spruce with irregular branching. Beautiful blue draping branches. Grows 6” per year.
Picea pungens “Ice Floe” - A weeping and trailing spire-like tree, with dusty blue needles held on pendulous branches, almost skirted in appearance. Slow grower to about 12 ft tall with a spread of 6 ft.
Picea pungens “Blue Falls” - Outstanding blue color with a full weeping form provides much interest cascading over a wall or accent boulders, nice to fill a corner garden or serve as a focal point. You may stake as desired to acieve height or direction of width. Grows 4-6" per year.
Pinus Densiflora Oculus Draconis - A type of Japanese Red Pine has variegated needles with bands of yellow alternating with green. It appears to resemble the eye of a dragon when viewed from above.
Pinus Densiflora Umbraculifera - A very attractive small tree that naturally develops a flat-topped umbrella-like silhouette. Slow grower.
Pinus cembra - Excellent narrow pyramidal tree with blue-green needles. Grows slowly at 3-6" per year.
Pinus koraiensis dwarf - Bright silvery-blue long needles on a semi-dwarf narrow tree with a moderate growth rate. 8 ft tall in 10 years.
Pinus koraiensis Jack Korbit - Blue-green needles have yellow banding. The best variegated form of Korean Pine. The long needles bend, giving a tufted appearance. Grows 6-8" per year. 7ft tall 3-4 ft wide in 10 years.
Pinus koraiensis Morris Blue - Upright, moderately fast growing tree form with a nice conical structure, dense branching, and long, silvery blue-green needles. Grows 6-8 inches per year.
Pinus nigra “Austrian Pine” - A handsome evergreen tree with a densely branched conical form. Needles are long and dark green. Tolerates harsh drying winds. This plant has been trimmed into a pom-pom.
Pinus parviflora Glauca - A small tree with an irregular open habit. It has coarse steel-blue needles that are twisted. Excellent for Japanese gardens or small areas. Grows 6-8" per year.
Pinus parviflora “Templehoff" - Fairly short, silvery-blue-green needles are bunched along the branches of this interesting conifer. Full bodied, upright, pyramidal growth to 8-10 ft in 10 years. grows 4-6" per year.
Pinus strobus “Blue Shag” - A dwarf round flat globe with soft long needles of blue-green. Grows about 3" per year. Easily trimmed to shape.
Pinus strobus “Horsford" - A dwarf bun shape with thin green needles. Plant looks like a pillow of soft green foliage. Grows 1-3" per year.
Pinus strobus pendula - Attractive, contorted, weeping form. Each plant will take on its own shape. Grows 6-12" per year.
Pinus sylvestris “Scotch Pine” - A semi-dwarf trained and trimmed pine. Growing about 3" per year. Needles are coarse blue-green. Must be trimmed and kept in its balled shape.
Pinus thunbergii “Thunderhead” - A new dwarf form with a dense globe shape. Heavy, white buds stand out against the dark green densely-packed needles. Grows 3-4" per year.
Sciadopitys verticillata -
Tsuga canadensis pendula - Fine green needles on pendulous branches. Stake for more height, or let it ground cover and weep over. Grows 6-8" per year.
Pinus flexilis ‘Vanderwolf’ - A compact dense pyramid with blue and green needles. A vigorous grower with a high resistance to both insects and diseases. Grows 12” per year.