Taxus baccata stricta aurea vs Taxus baccata David

ingeborgdotMay 11, 2012

Does anyone know the difference between the two? I am looking for a slender plant and this looks like an interesting plant. I am placing it in between Picea abies Tompa, Pinus mugo Jakobsen, Picea omrika TIJN, and Picea Pungens St. Marys. All of these plants will be new plants and I am just trying to get an order together but just can't make up my mind. Anyone care to give a suggestion? Thanks.

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coniferjoy(z7 The Netherlands)

Taxus baccata 'Stricta Aurea' is a bad name for what is Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea'.
They differ in wideness when they are getting older, 'Fastigiata Aurea' will stey more slender at an older age.

Picea omorika 'Tijn'
Must be written as 'Peve Tijn'

Picea pungens 'St. Marys'
Must be written as
Picea pungens 'St. Mary's broom'

Please write the names as I did.

Also some good columnar forms are:
-Juniperus communis 'Compressa'
-Juniperus communis 'Sentinel'
-Taxus baccata 'Icicle'
-Taxus baccata 'Ivory Tower'

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 1:25AM
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ingeborgdot

That was how they were written in the places I am buying them from is all. As for the stricta aurea, aside from being a bad name, is it different than the Fastigiata Aurea then? What about the David?

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 8:01AM
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coniferjoy(z7 The Netherlands)

'Fastigiata Aurea' is the true name, 'Stricta Aurea' is just a synonym for it, so they're one and the same conifer.
It does a a nice slender growing habit, even when it is older.

'David' looks pretty much the same as 'Fastigiata' at a young age.
Later on it will grow wider and will have a vase shape habit which can fall appart by heavy snow.

My personal choice would be the 'Fastigiata Aurea' but the choice is yours...

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 4:49PM
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ingeborgdot

Well, that would be my choice also. I would not want the vase shape. Thanks.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 6:17PM
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severnside

Edwin, I've seen fastigiate Taxus specimens wired once around their girth to prevent splaying by snow, do you have verdict on this method?

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 7:57PM
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coniferjoy(z7 The Netherlands)

Severnside, I do, it's the same story as with the Thuja occidentalis 'Degroot's Spire', one single leader is the way to go...

    Bookmark   May 12, 2012 at 1:22AM
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ingeborgdot

I have to agree. I had to cut down my Degroots Spire because it became a weeper after this winter.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2012 at 8:20AM
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