A hot trend for cold climates is conifers with unexpected and unique coloring. Conifers that are so silvery blue that they glitter in the sun and junipers take on a purple cast. Pines that glow in shades of gold or plum and arborvitae transform into coppery-bronze foliage with orange tips. Some even display two or three colors on the same needle. Bonus: There are even a few here for gardeners in mild to warm climates.
Here are 21 exciting, vibrant varieties to add to your garden for dynamic color, texture, and structure all year round.
Favorite Blue Conifer Shrubs
Exhibits the best silver-blue winter color of the groundcover junipers. Winter foliage becomes plum purple in coldest climates. Full sun. Reaches up to 4" tall, spreading to 8' wide. Zones 3-9.
Attractive sparkling blue foliage on dense, spreading branches. Creates a colorful contrast to purple and green foliage plants. Ideal for mass plantings in minimal-care landscapes. Full sun. Slowly grows up to 3' tall, 4' wide. Zones 4-8.
Handsome, cold hardy evergreen with attractive bluish-green summer foliage that turns to maroon in the winter. Full sun. Reaches up to 2' tall and 3' wide. Zones 2-8.
Unique Blue Conifer Trees
A colorful conifer for warm climates! New growth emerges lime-gray-blue and then matures to a cool gray-blue-green. One of the most beautiful and decorative pyramidal conifers for warm regions. 15-25' tall and wide. Zones 9-11.
Arborvitae that Turn Orange in Cold Weather
A very colorful evergreen tree! The real drama arrives when the weather cools. Then it transitions to deep gold, with glowing orange to russet red tips. Full sun. Reaches up to 25' tall and 8' wide. Zones 5-8.
Yellow or Gold Conifer Shrubs
Exceptional bright green and gold-splashed foliage becomes tinged with bronze and purple tones during the winter months. Full sun. Reaches up to 2' tall, spreading to 6' wide. Zones 3-9.
Outstanding lacy, golden-yellow foliage color is retained better than other gold-tipped varieties and deepens in winter to a rich gold. Full sun. Reaches up to 3' tall and 4' wide. Zones 3-9.
Unique Yellow or Gold Conifer Trees
A slower-growing, more compact Austrian Pine with showy yellow new growth that ages to light green. Tolerates poor soils, and harsh, drying winds. A showy conifer for windbreaks or for use as an eye-catching landscape specimen. Full sun. Up to 30' tall, 15' wide. Zones 4-8.
This distinctive new conifer heralds spring with bright yellow-gold new growth in stunning contrast to the mature blue-green foliage. Discovered by a Monrovia craftsman in Oregon, it has a handsome pyramidal form with a dense, slower-growing habit. Full sun. Slowly reaches up to 60' tall, 20' wide with age. Zones 2-8.
This naturally pyramidal evergreen features yellow-tipped foliage that doesn't burn in the sun. Spring growth has a touch of orange coloring. Perfect on its own as a colorful accent, or grouped to form a hedge, privacy screen, or windbreak. Full sun. Up to 15' tall, 8' wide. Zones 4-7.
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