Conifers

We have a large selection of conifers. Conifers are a good addition to gardens. Most are hardy and low maintenance with minimal water requirements. We stock weird ones-just as easy to maintain as the ones your neighbors have but these are uncommon and gorgeous.

Shaped Conifers These are in the style of bonsai or topiary. Size and shape are maintained through periodic pruning. This isn’t difficult nor time consuming and is typically done once a year or less.

Cedrus atlantica ‘Pendula’ Weeping Atlas Cedar Accent Plant These are the cool blue-green architectural plants with the long hanging branches and serpentine or twisted shapes. Each one is different and unique. Full sun is best but will take part shade. Established plants are drought tolerant. Stunning against a wall, in a container, or draping over a boulder by a pond.

Pinus thunbergii Japanese Black Pine Accent Plant The classic shaped pine for Japanese gardens. Very architectural. Works well with many garden styles. Full sun or part shade. Pines typically use little water but since this one is shaped and pruned, it needs slightly more water in hottest areas.

Pinus sylvestris Scotch Pine Accent Plant Shaped or “poodled” into a classic topiary form. Full sun or part shade. Pines typically use little water but since this one is clipped, it needs slightly more water in hottest areas.

Juniperus squamata ‘Meyerii’ Flaky or Single Seed Juniper Accent Plant Shaped juniper with red-brown flaking bark. Ultra-cool. If you like the look of ancient manzanitas or twisted bristle cone pines, you’ll like this. Definitely not the juniper from the 1970’s tract house you grew up in. Junipers take full sun to part shade and are typically very water-wise.

Juniperus chinensis ‘Sea Green’ Sea Green Juniper  Accent Plant Shaped juniper with bright green foliage. Works well with many garden styles and provides a year-round accent. The vivid green color has been popular with many customers. Junipers grow well in full sun as well as part shade and are typically very water-wise.

Juniperus ‘Variegata’ Shaped Variegated Juniper Accent Plant Shaped juniper with variegated green and yellow foliage. Good accent plant. Junipers grow well in full sun as well as part shade and are typically very water-wise.

Juniperus procumbens ‘Green Mound’ Green Mound Staked Japanese Juniper Accent Plant Staked junipers radiate downward in all directions. Feathery blue-green foliage. Takes sun but best with some protection against hottest afternoon sun if possible. Striking accent plant. 

Larix decidua ‘Pendula’ Weeping Larch. Accent plant. It doesn’t get more cool than this! A conifer that loses its needles in the fall and grows soft new ones each spring. Delicate curving shape and weeping branches. Totally unique. Grow it in light shade in hottest climates. Regular water. 

Smaller conifers These are shrub-like or small conifers and are lower in height, making them good choices in smaller gardens. Some may be used as ground covers, others are just tall enough to make great accents in a landscape; they’re definitely NOT the typical boring shrubs of suburbia. Year round foliage. Most are water-thrifty. Listed  roughly in order of height.

Juniperus procumbens ‘Nana’ Japanese Garden Juniper Ground cover or low shrub to 8-12″ tall, spreading to 6′. A classic juniper with blue-green foliage reminiscent of wind tossed waves. Takes sun but best with some protection from hottest afternoon sun in this area.

Picea omorika ‘Pimoko’ Pimoko Serbian Spruce Low shrub to 12-16″. Tight symmetrical mound, just the right height for that low evergreen shrub you’re looking for. Sun or part shade. Best with some afternoon shade. Moderate water. The spruce family is an attractive one and this species is considered to be the most handsome member.  

Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Aurea Mops’ (and others) Dwarf Gold Mops Accent plant or small landscape shrub to 2-3′ tall and 3-4′ wide. Golden yellow branchlets form a low mound. Great landscape shrub. Provides that bright gold turning to yellow-green that many people want in their gardens. Often grown in sun but best if it has part shade in the afternoon in this climate. Avoid growing it in particularly hot locations such as against a scorching hot garage wall. Regular water.

Pinus syvestris ‘Hillside Creeper’ Hillside Creeper Scotch Pine Groundcover or landscape specimen shrub to 2′ high and 8′ wide. Unusual low-growing pine. We have a specimen growing in one of our display gardens. Takes full sun and regular water. One of Joe’s favorites. Limited quantities.

Abies nordmanianna ‘Golden Spreader’ Golden Spreader Normann Fir Accent plant to 3′ tall and 5′ wide. New growth is bright golden-yellow. Prefers regular water and although it needs some sun for best color, it prefers a little shade in the hot afternoon. Highly recommended. One of Joe’s favorites.

Pinus uncinata v. Rotunda ‘Novak’ Novak Mountain Pine Accent plant or landscape shrub, to 3-4′. A variety of Mugo Pine that is very densely needled, globe shaped, and highly attractive. Mugo Pines are durable and adaptable and thrive on only moderate water once established. Pines prefer full sun. A staff favorite. We all love this plant.    

Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana’ (and ‘Split Rock’) Hinoki False Cypress Accent plant or landscape shrub; ‘Nana’ variety is 3-4′ tall. Similar to Arborvitae but foliage fans emerge in attractive uneven patterns reminiscent of ocean waves. Very green. Very nice. Quietly understated, this conifer often catches the eye of even non-plant people. Classic conifer in a Japanese garden. In this area, grow it in a cool, lightly shaded area of the garden with regular water.

Picea abies ‘Nidiformis’ Bird’s Nest Spruce Low, wide shrub to 3-5′ height and 4-6′ wide. Dense, deep green foliage. Many plants are flat topped and may spread outward from the center like a bird’s nest. In this region, grow it in a cool, lightly shaded area of the garden. Moderate water requirements.

Picea pungens ‘Glauca Globosa’ Globosa Colorado Blue Spruce Accent plant or landscape shrub to 3-5′ in height and 4-5′ wide. Striking blue foliage, rounded globe shape. Fantastic landscape shrub. A nursery favorite. Full sun. Moderate water.

Pinus mugo Mugo Pine Accent plant or good garden shrub typically 4′ high and twice as wide. Different varieties are available with differing sizes and characteristics, however Mugo Pines of any variety may be lightly sheared every few years to keep them at the desired height and width. Durable and adaptable, Mugo Pines thrive on only moderate water once established and prefer full sun.

Chamaecyparis pisifera filifera ‘King’s Gold’ King’s Gold False Cypress Accent plant or landscape shrub to 4′ by 4′. Golden yellow new growth. Drooping threadlike branches. Takes sun but is best with part shade in the afternoon. Grow it in a cooler location in your garden, not against that hot garage wall. Regular water. Limited quantities.

Thuja occidentalis ‘Reingold’ Reingold Arborvitae Accent shrub to 4-5′, typically less. Mature appearance is somewhat a somewhat cone-shaped mound with bright gold foliage. Outstanding accent plant. Typical height is much less than listed. Part shade is best with regular water.  

Cedrus deodara ‘Snow Sprite’   Snow Sprite Deodar Cedar  Accent plant to 5-10′ tall and 4-6′ wide. Super cool silvery green foliage with creamy tips. Looks like it was just brushed with snow except it does this in our blazing hot climate! We think a little afternoon shade is preferable for variegated foliage like this but not necessary. Deodar cedars are noteworthy sun lovers and very water-wise.

Pinus densiflora ‘Umbraculifera’ Tanyosho Japanese Red Pine Accent plant to 5-10′ tall. Broad flat topped tree. Sometimes grows larger but easy to train to desired size. Multiple branching atop a short trunk. Classic pine in Asian gardens. Works well with many garden styles. Good in containers. Pines prefer full sun and will take part sun. They need very little water once established.

Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Cyano-Viridis’ Boulevard False Cypress Accent plant or screen, to 6-8′ tall and wide. Silvery blue-green foliage. A favorite with customers for its good looks and soft texture. Customers love to touch the feathery-light needles. Sun or part shade but prefers a little respite from the hot afternoon sun if possible, at least in this region. Regular water.

Pinus strobus ‘Pendula’ Weeping White Pine Collector’s or accent plant with variable height depending on staking and training, typically to 6-15′ with a 10′ spread, possibly more depending on how it is grown. We know that you’ve always wanted a pine with pendulous, weeping, trailing branches and soft needles, right? This can be grown as a sprawling mound, draped over a wall, or staked as a specimen. Growth is variable and weeping doesn’t start until the tree is at least 4′ tall. We suggest growing in a somewhat cool location with part sun or morning sun and afternoon shade. Not a good plant to cover that scorching hot garage wall. Unusual plant, check out pictures on-line of mature specimens so you can feed your desire; ours are occasionally rangy because they’re immature but the asymmetry is part of their appeal.  

Taller Conifers Taller than the shrubs above, these conifers are large shrubs or trees.

Cupressus macrocarpa Various varieties including ‘Wilma’, ‘Goldcrest’, etc.

Abies alba ‘Pyramidalis Pyramidal Silver Fir Specimen tree or vertical interest in small garden. Eventual height to 20-30′ by 10-15′ wide with age but typical height in the landscape at 10 years is 8′ by 4′. Attractive Christmas tree. Grow in sun or part shade. Avoid hot reflected heat from pavement or garage walls. Moderate to regular water. Awesome as a containerized Christmas tree!

Picea abies ‘Aurea’ Golden Norway Spruce Golden accent plant or screen to 30-40′ with age, typically 9-12′ at 10 years. Golden yellow foliage in the spring turning to bright yellow-green the rest of the year. Nice Christmas tree when young. Best in afternoon shade. Moderate to regular water.

Pinus flexilis ‘Vanderwolf’s Pyramid’ Vanderwolf’s Pyramid Pine Tall accent tree to 30-55′ with a 15-25′ width. Blue-green needles with a striking variegation on the needle. Native to higher elevations of the Southwest. Nice tree. Pines prefer full sun and thrive on only moderate water once established.

Cedrus deodara Deodar Cedar Fast growth to 80′ with a 40′ spread. Hardy in most zones except high mountains. Very large tree at maturity. A good tree in this region; very fast (with regular water) when young but drought tolerant when mature (although growth is slowed with less water). Makes a fast screen on rural properties with sufficient room. Distinctive bluish-green needles and nodding tip. Moderate water when young; drought tolerant or nearly so when mature. Full sun. Recently, they’ve been hard to find at local nurseries; we have a good source for decent sized landscape specimens.