13 Captivating Conifers

Explore different varieties of firs, spruce trees, junipers, pines, cypresses, and cedars through the lens of Jan LeCocq.
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Photo By: Image courtesy of courtesy Janice LeCocq

Photo By: Image courtesy of courtesy Janice LeCocq

Photo By: Image courtesy of courtesy Janice LeCocq

Photo By: Image courtesy of courtesy Janice LeCocq

Photo By: Image courtesy of courtesy Janice LeCocq

Photo By: Image courtesy of courtesy Janice LeCocq

Photo By: Image courtesy of courtesy Janice LeCocq

Photo By: Image courtesy of courtesy Janice LeCocq

Photo By: Image courtesy of courtesy Janice LeCocq

Photo By: Image courtesy of courtesy Janice LeCocq

Photo By: Image courtesy of Jan LeCocq

'Blue Star' Juniper

With dense, silver-blue needles, this striking juniper is a stellar addition to borders and rock gardens.

'Thunderhead' Black Pine

A compact version of the favorite bonsai plant, Pinus thunbergii 'Thunderhead' shows off dense green needles and silver buds. The dwarf Japanese black pine's irregular growth habit promises no two trees are the same.

'Fat Albert' Colorado Blue Spruce

Named after Bill Cosby's jolly cartoon character, this hardy evergreen is favored for its pyramid shape and long, branches full of silvery-blue needles.

Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar

Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’ is a beautiful weeping cedar with icy blue needles. Weeping Blue Atlas grows slowly to 10' tall and 15' wide and prefers full sun.

'Zebrina' Himalayan Pine

Also known as the Zabrina Bhutan pine, Pinus wallichiana 'Zebrina' is known for its feathery, green foliage with yellow bands. The dwarf Himalayan pine grows to 6' and 4' wide in ten years.

'Bush's Lace' Engelmann Spruce

Known for the "skirt" that forms around this spruce's base, 'Bush's Lace' is outfitted with slender, powdery blue needles that weep over time.

'Blue Chip' Juniper

Known as creeping juniper, 'Blue Chip' is a low-growing, spreading juniper with spiky, blue foliage. 'Blue Chip' will not tolerate wet soil.

'Horstmann' Spanish Fir

Abies pinsapo 'Hortsmann' is a compact, dwarf fir that forms a round ball of silvery needles. This pretty Spanish fir prefers full sun in well-drained soil for best color.

'Blue Pyramid' Cypress

Growing slowly to a beautiful pyramid shape, Cupressus arizonica 'Blue Pyramid' has delicate, threadlike, blue-gray foliage and makes an excellent accent in the landscape.

'Pusch' Norway Spruce

Picea abies 'Pusch' is a dwarf, slow-growing Norway Spruce that produces tiny, bright red cones in the spring that brown as they age. Perfect for rock gardens, 'Pusch' thrives in full sun or part shade.

A Trio of Firs

Far left: 'Violacea Prostrate' white fir. Lower right: 'Poulsen' arnoldiana fir. Behind rock: 'Horstmann's Silberlocke' Korean fir