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The Blues (20 Replies)

Posted August 1, 2013 at 11:47 am

I recently told someone that of all conifers, I believe the one with the bluest color is Abies concolor ‘Kinky’ Anybody got any other contenders for the bluest of the blues?

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Posted August 1, 2013 at 11:55 am

I don’t have a nominee at this time, Jerry, however, I just went to the link you posted to the ACS database that shows our listing for Kinky and nobody has posted pictures of it !
You can post images to the Conifer Database. If anybody has anything Kinky that they’d like to share, please go there to do it.
And while you’re at it, check out your own collection of great conifer pictures and see if their listing in the database could use your contribution.

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Posted August 1, 2013 at 7:05 pm

A long time ago, JC Raulston was giving me a tour of the very young NC State Arboretum. I will never forget, as we walked up to a pretty good sized Juniperus deppeanna ‘McFetter’s, he said “this is the bluest plant I know”. Once I had that standard in my mind, I’ve looked and looked at blues, but’ McFetter’s’ always wins. I have never seen ‘Kinky’, but I have seen some really blue Abies concolor. But we can’t do much with them here, so I think I’ll just stick with ‘McFetter’s’.

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Posted August 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Hate to get pedestrian on you all but here at least, most of the Picea pungens cultivars (even the very common ‘Fat Albert’) read bluer in the landscape than the A. concolors.  May have something to do with the texture or thickness of the needles.  I love P. p. ‘Lucretia’ which is about as dwarf a pungens as I’ve found.  It’s great for punctuation. I like the form and texture of the A. concolors more but they don’t project ‘blue’ at a distance the way the pungens do.

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Posted August 3, 2013 at 1:01 am

I am a big fan of Abies concolor ‘Candicans’ with its beautiful silvery, blue color. However I must agree with Sara that many of my Picea pungens  really provide a burst of color in the landscape. At the 2003 National Meeting in Denver we found a cultivar at Jerry Morris’ nursery that was truly electrifying: Picea pungens ‘ C Blue’. Jerry cautioned me that it would likely not be as intense in New York since it was at higher elevation in Colorado – the sun is just more intense there and the blue color pops! While it may not be as intense, the new growth is still fabulous making ‘C Blue’  one of my favorite blues!

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Posted August 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Larry what’s with the name ‘C Blue’?  Are you seeing blue? Colorado Blue? 

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Posted August 3, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Great subject to kick off this forum! Don’t remember seeing ‘Kinky ‘ Jerry, but my current bluest form has got to be Abies lasiocarpa ‘Glauca Compacta’. I’ve taken snips of other blue conifers in the O.G. to hold against this azure beauty…..so far no contenders. -D.

 

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Posted August 3, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Hey, Doug. There’s a record in the Conifer Database for Abies lasiocarpa ‘Glauca Compacta Blue’ but, sadly, no pictures or text have ever been posted. Think you can get a good picture of it and post it?

I’m going to nominate Picea pungens ‘Hoopsii.’ I’ve made a snap of one of mine and put it in the conifer database.

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Posted August 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

Sean: I’ll be happy to do that sometime after this week’s fun in Mt. Kiscoe N.Y. I’m curious to know who Janice Lecocq is. Is she an ACS member? The photos are over-the -top; very impressive!

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Posted August 4, 2013 at 2:07 pm

You bet she is! Unfortunately we will not see her in Mt. Kisco but she’ll be joining us for the WR meeting in Olympia!

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