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Beautiful Blue Trees Used in Landscaping Design in North Georgia

I recently had a call from Andy Kinsey at Kinsey Family Farm about a new shipment of blue trees. As my readers know, I prefer using native plants and trees in landscaping design in North Georgia, but I have a special place in my heart and garden for conifers. Conifers are trees that bear their seeds in cones. They can be identified by their leaves, which are not leaves at all, but needles! On pine trees, needles are attached to the branches in clusters; on spruce trees, needles are attached individually. There are many different colors, but today I wanted to focus on Blue.

As you read about the beautiful blue trees in this blog, I want to remind you that all (except for the Arizona Cypress) of these conifers are normally grown in cooler latitudes, so they are best planted where they are shielded from our summer heat and humidity. Soil needs to be well drained and very good air circulation around the trees is crucial (these are not well suited to use as screening shrubs/trees where they are jammed together).  

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Aren’t those blue trees spectacular???
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Arizona Cypress (Cupressus arizonica)

Full sun, well drained (these grow in the arid southwest and on rocky, craggy slopes, so drainage is crucial) make sure to have plenty of spacing between them as they need air and light movement. They grow fast and may become top heavy. Make sure they are planted well and not overwatered.

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Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara ‘Prostrata’)

As you can tell, I haven’t blown the leaves away from my plants, but the blue color offers a striking contrast to the leaves. This is planted in a small pocket garden by my front door and this cedar looks beautiful in the full sun. Slow growing to no more than 2’ tall.

It is native to the Himalayas and prefers moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soils in the full sun.

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Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) is a striking blue tree. The nursery had a few interesting varieties. 

As the name implies, these do well in Colorado, with cooler temperatures and less humidity and heat. To maintain in your landscaping design in North Georgia, give them full sun and keep the soil moist. It prefers slightly acidic soils. The foliage grows downwards off branches. This is a dwarf weeping tree that will eventually get to 6′ tall (depending on the culture).

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Fat Albert Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens ‘Fat Albert’)

Fat Albert can grow up to 15′ tall, and maintains a lovely pyramidal shape. Doesn’t this one look a bit like a Christmas tree?

Blue trees and shrubs are uncommon in nature. Although beautiful, and due to the color, they are best used sparingly as a focal point plant.

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