A Weird, One-of-a-Kind Forest
Specialty conifers have beautiful, unusual growth and many are the result of a genetic mutation on a regular tree, such as a witch's broom. They slump, slouch and grow slow, REALLY slow - only a couple inches each year.
Their slow growth and small mature size makes them perfect for small, urban landscapes that can't host a regular tree. They won't crowd out other plants or become too big and create problems.
And did we mention how cool they are? Some also seem like Dr. Seuss creations! Best of all, they're low-maintenance and stay beautiful year-round.
Know how much sun your area gets and ask one of our nursery experts for help choosing the right conifer. Some prefer full sun, others must have partial or full shade.
As always, amend the soil with compost and check for moisture every day until the plant is established. Winter watering will benefit all shrubs and allow them to come back healthier in the spring.
Bird's Nest Spruce
A spreading, low growing mound with a depression, or nest, in the center. Slow-growing, typically 2ft tall and 4ft wide after 10 years. Plant in full sun. Needs little care or pruning.
Blue Star Juniper
Discovered as a witch's broom and introduced in 1964, Blue Star is a very popular, award-winning spreading shrub with sharp, blue, dense needles on short branches. Grow slow, keeps it's shape nicely.
Mops Mugo Pine
Perfect for confined spaces. Dense, symmetrical growth and compact, stays compact without shearing. May reach 5ft tall and wide after 30 years. Foliage is blue-grey during spring and summer, and becomes more golden in colder months.
Papoose Dwarf Sitka Spruce
Globe shaped when young, becoming a broad pyramid with age. Two-tone, green and silver-blue needles. Full sun. Deer resistant. Great for rock gardens and urban landscapes. May reach 4-5 feet tall and wide in 30 years.