Hobbiton conifers of the month, January

firefightergardener(7/8)January 4, 2013

A handful of conifer cultivars that looked perky today in the cold Winter sun.

Pinus strobus 'Sarah Rachel'

Picea glauca 'Burning Well' - So distinct in Winter.

Pinus parviflora 'Blue Lou'

Tsuga mertensiana 'Powder Blue'

Pinus densiflora 'Vibrant'

Picea orientalis 'Schovenhorst' - Growing faster then reputation has it... Possible the wrong cultivar.

Abies koreana 'Brevifolia' - Highly interesting foliage.

Pinus banksiana 'Broom' - Probably not a legitimate name.

Abies koreana 'Kohout's Hexe'

Pinus flexilis 'Ririe'


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I quite like that 'Burning Well.' It probably stays tiny, though...booo!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 7:39AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Pulling out the big guns on us. Some I know I haven't seen you post.

Thanks Will,


    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 7:44AM
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What a treat to see your amazing conifers. I also enjoyed very much seeing the overall look of your landscape from the pictures you posted last week. The color range has so much contrast, and the textures create a very nice sense of movement. That can't be easy to do, especially with a collection as large as yours. Thanks for sharing it.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 6:20PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

Picea glauca 'Burning Well' - So distinct in Winter.

==>> you dont know what winter is ... and you dont know how conifers look in 6 degree F .. lol ... now thats winter ...

thx for taking the time to post ..


    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 6:50PM
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Some very nice plants shown here. 'Ririe' looks like a real winner. Mind if I ask, where did you get that one?


    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 10:20AM
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I like a lot your Tsuga mertensiana 'Powder Blue'. This one is certainly in my wish list! And Pinus densiflora 'Vibrant' color is dazzling!!

Thank you for you nice pictures, Ireena

    Bookmark   January 9, 2013 at 3:01AM
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Alex, I believe 'Ririe' is a plant I obtained during a visit to Stanley and Sons nursery. Larry Stanley has a vast collection but is still wholesale only and requires certain criterea for orders. The good news is there are dozens of small flexilis, other names include 'Dakota' 'J. Michael' and 'Antero'. :)


    Bookmark   January 9, 2013 at 8:52PM
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bernd ny zone5

Adding to Ken's comment about winter, in another thread Will showed pinus mugo 'Carstens' bright yellow. Here in zone 5 mine only gets yellowish-green, but we also had one night of -11 dgrs F. This year I am lucky to see it at all, only 8 inches of snow left. Bernd

    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 7:02PM
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ladylotus(Z3/4 ND)

Hey will,

Your gardens are beautiful as usual. I really like Pinus densiflora 'Vibrant'. Does it really stay that lime color most of the year?

Thanks for sharing the photos.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 9:56PM
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