Hi, we live in Hudson, Co. and are considering purchasing several Vanderwolfs Pines (possibly from a local home improvement store). Would like to know your thoughts on these trees for our area. Concerned about winter burn. Are bare root or container trees better? We are looking for evergreens that will eventually serve as a large privacy barrier. Are there better options for our area? Thank you.
Adams County Colorado
Vanderwolfs Pines are trees more suited to an alpine environment than a prairie environment. They prefer a moist, well-drained soil. So, consistent and correct watering year round will be needed. If you are wanting to go with a conifer type tree that is more widely used in Colorado, you might consider an Austrian Pine or a juniper. Any tree you go with will need water during the dry winter months. Check out the Plant Select website, www.plantselect.org , and see the Woodward Columnar Juniper. Here is a link pm the use of Austrian pines from Kansas Forest Service.
As for bare root or container - generally, bareroot trees are available only in the spring while container trees are available year round. Fall is a good time to plant trees as these last warm days will give the tree time to establish it's roots before winter and be ready to take off in the spring. Don't forget to plant correctly.