A Conifer Sampler

contsugabettyrose (300x298)Tsuga canadensis ‘Betty Rose’ – This is a miniature form of eastern Hemlock with new growth that is pale lime green to near white that contrasts well against the darker older foliage. It has a rounded habit at first but eventually grows taller than wide. While it tolerates full sun in coastal BC, it will need some afternoon shade in hotter regions. Grows 2-3′ high by 2′ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

pinuswintergold (297x300)Pinus mugo ‘Winter Gold’ –  A highly desirable cultivar of Mugo Pine with bright golden needles that are more pronounced during the colder weather from late fall into winter. It has a globular or rounded growth habit and makes a good grafted standard. Given its cold hardiness, it also works well in larger containers or raised beds. Grows 3-5′ high by 4-6′ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

larix (296x300)Larix decidua ‘Pendula’ – One of the more common Larch cultivars which is actually a deciduous conifer with soft new growth of bright lime that matures to a deep green, and shifts to golden yellow just before it drops in fall. It prefers evenly moist soils with a part to full sun exposure and is often grafted onto 5-6′ high standard stems. Grows 8-12′ high by 10-12′ wide. Zone 3.

basket3 (289x300)Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Crippsii’ (syn. ‘Crippsii Aurea’) – A slow growing Hinoki Cypress with flat sprays of bright gold needles over a base of darker green inner foliage. The needles are nicely contrasted by reddish-brown stems and bark. It is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and is long-lived, getting quite large over time. Grows 40′ high by 15-20′ wide. Hardy to zone 4.

coniferdeosilvermist (290x300)Cedrus deodara ‘Silver Mist’ – This is a dwarf Himalayan Cedar, growing about 2 to 4″ a year. The silvery-white new growth holds well on the slightly arching or drooping branches and eventually contrasts nicely against the green inner needles. It prefers part to full sun with well drained soil and mature plants can exceed 10′ in height. Grows 4-6′ high by 3′ wide in 10 years. Zone 6.

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