Monday, September 29, 2008

Diary - My 10 favourite Conifers

My 10 Favourite ………………….. Conifers

Weeping Norway Spruce (Picea abies ‘Pendula’)
Zone 4 Height: 5’ Spread: 4’

“A distinctive specimen with weeping branches. It will remain prostrate along the ground unless staked, when it becomes weeping”

Dwarf Hinoki False Cypress (Chamaecyparis Obtusa “Nana Gracilis”)
Zone 5 Height: 3’2 Spread: 3.2’

“Dwarf specimen plant with rich green broadly upright, fan shaped sprays”

Moor-dense Juniper (Juniperus Sabina ‘Moor-Dense’)
Zone 3 Height: 12” Spread: 3.9’ Bright Green

A dense mound with graceful bright green foliage. Flat branching. A good substitute to Tamariscifolia. More blight resistant variety

Hoopsi Blue Spruce (Picea pungens ‘Hoopsi’)
Zone 2 Height: 65’ Spread: 20’

One of the best-shaped Blue Spruce, slow growth at first. Foliage a clear blue silvery blue. Outstanding colour – bluest of all species. Dense foliage. Very straight trunks (pronounced Hoop-see-eye)

Nest Spruce (Picea abies ‘Nidiformis’)
Zone 3 Height: 30” Spread: 4.9’

“Light green, interesting, low, broad, nest-like plant. Hardy” Tidy, dense, circular, dwarf shrub – often with depression in centre like a giant birds nest

Swiss Stone Pine
Zone 2 Height: 32’ Spread: 8’

“Slow growing and narrowly columnar, the narrowest of upright pines” Keeps its lower branches as it ages. Needs good air circulation. Violet cones. Drought tolerant . Requires loamy well-drained slightly acidic soil.

Mugho Pine (Pinus mugo pumilio)
Zone 1 Height: 3.2’ Spread: 6.5’

“Compact bush of dwarf globular form much used in foundation and rock plantings.” Will grow big and must be pruned
8. Dense Yew (Taxus media ‘densiformis’)
Zone 5 Height: 3.4’ Spread: 6.5’

A broad compact slow growing variety which can be used as a hedge. Great for shade . Takes well to pruning.

Emerald Cedar (Thuja Occidentalis ‘Emerald’)
Zone 4 Height: 13’ Spread: 3.2’

Introduction from Sweden. Also know as ‘Smargard’. This is a bright green dense pyramid.

Rheingold Cedar (Thuja occidentalis ‘Rheingold’)
Zone 3 Height: 3.9’ Spread: 3.2’

“A dwarf broadly globose to conical cedar. New foliage. Golden and bronze. Best in full sun.”

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