Conifers also change with the seasons !

Back in the eighties and nineties almost every garden had it’s own conifer,sometimes in the form of a hedge , Leylandii ,  or just used as a solitary tree. Because of this overkill conifers, received a dull image. Used in a more natural design these trees still can ad a great look to your garden.

Another reason for this dull image is because people think nothing changes during the seasons , but  the contrary is  true . The evergreen character of most of the types is also an advantage to add  some color during autumn and winter.

When we look a little bit closer to conifers,(spruces and pine trees) we can see them also changing with the season ,not all of them so obvious but they do change.Another advantage is their enormous variety of forms.  Most conifers like acid soil and sunlight . In this overview we selected the ones with outstanding new growth.

Picea pungens 'Straw'
Picea pungens ‘Straw’

Golden-yellow color resembles the color of freshly-harvested straw.

Picea abies 'Cruenta'
Picea abies ‘Cruenta’

Many conifers are known for their gold or blue new growth, but few have a bright crimson-red in early spring! The foliage of this upright spruce is most noticeable in April and even into May, yet some red color persists through the month of June as well. On a full-size specimen, it looks like red ornaments hanging on a dark-green tree.

Picea pungens 'Gebelle's Golden Spring'
Picea pungens ‘Gebelle’s Golden Spring’

Golden-yellow new growth is soft to the touch in early spring.

Picea pungens 'Wisconsin Cream'
Picea pungens ‘Wisconsin Cream’

Light-green new growth contrasts nicely with the year-round creamy-yellow color of previous years’ foliage.

Picea pungens 'Wisconsin Cream'
Picea pungens ‘Wisconsin Cream’

Once the growth fully extends by late spring, the light-green color that was evident upon emergence has transformed to a beautiful sea foam-green. The contrast with the golden-yellow foliage remains phenomenal.

Picea orientalis 'Lemon Spreader'
Picea orientalis ‘Lemon Spreader’

This relatively-new selection was chosen for its prostrate growing habit & lemon-yellow new growth.

Pinus contorta var. latifolia 'Taylor's Sunburst'
Pinus contorta var. latifolia ‘Taylor’s Sunburst’

After the candles extend in late winter and early-spring, a “burst” of bright gold foliage emerges at the tops of the branches. Small red cones help to accent the color, and the dark-green foliage gives a nice background to display the new growth.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Miss Grace'
Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Miss Grace’

Delicate foliage on this deciduous conifer emerges from gently cascading twigs. The light-green color is accented by the orange-brown twigs.

Abies nordmanniana 'Golden Spreader'
Abies nordmanniana ‘Golden Spreader’

After winter, the bright-gold foliage is still noticeably ornamental. The chartreuse new growth makes a lovely contrast on this dense, wide, eventually-pyramidal conifer.

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