There are three main types of tree you are likely to see on sale - Norway spruce (Picea abies), Nordmann fir (Abies nordmanniana), and the blue spruce (Picea pungens
Readers can see for themselves how outstanding these blues are by perusing Internet sites describing Picea pungens
. Maximum listed heights are as low as 60 feet (probably cultivars), with most around 100.
Depending on where you live, consider these varieties: Monteray or Radiata Pine (Pinus radiata), Dwarf White Spruce (Picea glauca 'Conica'), Blue Spruce (Picea pungens
'Kosteriana'), Blue Cedar (Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'), Nordmann Fir (Abies nordmanniana), Noble Fir (Abies nobilis 'Glauca'), Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris), Norway Spruce (Picea abies).
Enclosing the space are trees such as dwarf Colorado spruce (Picea pungens
'Mesa Verde'), native hybrid Rocky Mountain birch (Betufa x hybrida 'Rocky Mountain Splendor'), and a Wasatch maple (Acer grandidentatum) in full fall color.
There is no need to stick to green-leafed varieties, either--consider gold-tipped "Pfitzer" junipers, for example, or the smoky blue color of Picea pungens
(Colorado blue spruce).
and the two imported Nearctic species Picea glauca (Moench) Voss and Picea pungens
If you can bear to, leave it until the last minute to buy if you choose something such as a Blue spruce (Picea pungens
'Glauca'), which will drop its needles quicker than other types.
Spruces - the other two spruce species that you may find are the Blue Spruce, Picea pungens
from the Rockies and the Serbian Spruce, Picea omorika from, yes you guessed it, the old Yugoslavia.
During the first years after outplanting several species, among them blue spruce (Picea pungens
Engelm.), Sitka spruce (P.
The sharp needles of blue spruce, Picea pungens
glauca, have prevented this becoming popular but it develops a good shape and lovely colour.