Small Upright Conifers
I want to plant a couple of small upright conifers on the south side of my house. They will be about 18 inches from the house (brick). One site is about 3 feet by 3 feet, surrounded on two sides by concrete sidewalk and driveway. The other site has a concrete driveway on one side and gravel mulch on the other two sides. The soil is clay and quite alkaline. I also have alkaline irrigation water, so many conifers will not survive here. Ideal size would be 4 to 6 feet tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. I'm thinking of either Juniperus scopulorum Medora, or Juniperus communis Miniature. Will Medora require too much pruning to keep it under 6 feet? Will the Miniature take too long to grow to the desired size? Any suggestions on where to buy these. None of the local nurseries currently stock either one.