Articles in Category: Conifer

Pinus thunbergii 'Thunderhead'

on Monday, 20 October 2014. Posted in Winter Interest, Conifer, Evergreen, Deer Resistant, Trees, Drought Tolerant

Thunderhead Dwarf Japanese Black Pine


'Thunderhead' Japanese Black Pine is a wonderful compact specimen conifer.  Like most pines it is drought tolerant and deer resistant but what sets it apart from other pines is it's tight, dense form and handsome white candles in spring that stand out from the dark green needles.  It is a slow to medium grower ranging from 5-10' tall and 5-8' wide but keeps it's dense form over time.  This Japanese Black Pine will tolerate drier, sandy soils or moister soil as long as it's well drained and requires full sun. They look striking in trios or as a specimen in a smaller garden.  Makes a great pairing with the white bark of birches, or yellow Spirea 'Ogon', or purple Smokebush.

Pinus densiflora 'Oculus-draconis'

on Monday, 22 August 2011. Posted in Good for Screening, Winter Interest, Conifer, Evergreen, Deer Resistant, Trees

Dragon's Eye Pine


A cultivar of the Japanese Red Pine, this irregularly structured tree makes a wonderful specimen, especially when grown against a darker backdrop of conifers or a large blank wall of a house.  This two-needle pine has buttery yellow banding on each needle, giving the candles a striped appearance, which along with their darker green eye is most dramatic when viewed from above.  In addition to it's exciting coloration, Dragon's Eye Pine develops handsomely fissured red-grey bark and a broad, asymmetrical form with age.  It's 2" long, oval shaped cones are a soft blue green hue and are clustered at the base of the current year's candles, enhancing it's charm.  Unlike most other pines, this specimen will be quite at home in partial shade conditions, illuminating darker spaces with it's golden new growth, although it will also happily tolerate full sun with regular irrigation and rich, but well draining soil.  It is slower growing, about 6 inches a year, and about half the size of the species, ultimately reaching 20-30 feet tall and 15-20 feet wide.  That being said, one could easily keep this unique tree smaller with yearly pruning in the dormant season, which would also encourage bushier candle growth the following spring and summer, accentuating it's most alluring feature

Pinus flexilis 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid'

on Monday, 14 February 2011. Posted in Good for Screening, Winter Interest, Conifer, Evergreen, Deer Resistant, Trees, Drought Tolerant

Vanderwold's Pyramid Limber Pine


The 'Vanderwolf' Pine has proven itself a good conifer choice for a hot, dry spot; that won't get too large and has soft, two-toned needles.  This western North American native Pine can tolerate our dry, hot summers and wet winters.  Well draining soil, including dry, rocky hillsides, will help it tolerate those conditions even better.  We have especially been attracted to it because it doesn't have the scratchy quality of most conifers, you can get close to it and enjoy the blue and green needles.  The 'Vanderwolf' has a more open habit than some other sheared looking conifers when young but gets denser with age and can be used as an effective screen, a specimen position, or looks great in groups of three.  'Vanderwolf' is more pyramidal than the species- Pinus flexilis.  It is difficult to pin down a mature size on the 'Vanderwolf' but it is slower growing so it is useful in smaller spaces.  It can get 20-25' tall and 10-15' wide but it seems to get taller more quickly than it gets wide.   Like most pines, it only needs occasional watering once established and this variety is more disease and pest resistant than some other pine species.   Also like most pines, it is deer resistant.

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