Locally Sourcing A Columnar Norway Spruce
Back in November, I posted about how I was dreaming about a columnar conifer like this Columnar Norway Spruce that I found online. The Tree Center is selling 1 gallon versions of this tree for $50, but with the pot being just one gallon, you can bet that that tree is tiny.
Then, just a couple of days ago, I shared my 2019 To-Do Garden List that included as #8 on the list: do something *more* with conifers. I mentioned this very Columnar Norway Spruce.
Funny thing that I just came across a photo on Instagram from Lurvey Landscape Supply - which happens to be in Volo, Illinois and is on the way to Twin Lakes. I've long admired their place as we drove by, but I assumed that it was a wholesale place. Turns out, I was wrong and they not only do retail business, they encourage visits via their social handles.
(Side note: this is a different place than I posted about in regards to their topiaries, but is ON THE SAME ROAD - as we travel to Twin Lakes. I've noted in my own head how many landscape supply shops are clustered there....)
Here's the photo that caught my attention:
Well, well, well. Look at that. That's the tree?! They call it a Norway Spruce "Cupressina' - which, when you look at the listing on The Tree Center - totally checks out. There, they call it "Picea abies 'Cupressina'". The ones at Lurvey are clearly larger than one gallon trees. I would guess they're seven or eight feet tall at their tips.
I'm thinking that we'll have to make a trip there - or at least a phone call there to find out what they're charging for their columnar conifers.