new golden Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Lightning')

monkeytreeboy15(Zone 7b/8a)April 2, 2012

Driving from Poulsbo to Silverdale yesterday, I spotted a golden branch on a Douglas Fir. Looks like it might be worth propagating!

What do you think?

-Sam

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coniferjoy(z7 The Netherlands)

Nice find Sam!
Is this branch mutation at the sunny side of the plant?
Normaly seen such a light coloured needles will burn in full sun...

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 1:19AM
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monkeytreeboy15(Zone 7b/8a)

Thanks, Edwin. This branch mutation was growing on the north east side of the plant so it only gets morning and early afternoon sun.
I thought that 'Lightning' was an appropriate name because it was a rather stormy day and my mother thought she had seen lightning in that exact spot shortly before we saw the branch mutataion! :0)

-Sam

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 2:00AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Good color.

Dax

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 6:20AM
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brentm

Looks nice, good growth rate and interior needle retention. I have seen some Douglas Fir branch coloration caused by small fractures in the branch, but yours appears to be a true and not due to stress or branch cracking... one way to find out, graft it!

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 10:14AM
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