Another plant which hasn't been discussed: Picea brachytyla

davidrt28 (zone 7)October 4, 2012

Anybody seen one in person? Seen one for sale?

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dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)

Here's the link.


Here is a link that might be useful: Link

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 4:53AM
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jimbobfeeny(5a IN)

Looks like a fairly good visual alternative to Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) - It has that same sweeping, informal character. How hardy is it?

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 9:32AM
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Very nice tree; perhaps most like a broad-crowned Picea omorika, with similar green / white contrast in the needles. Nice purple cones, though not very prolific coning.

Mostly zone 7-9. The northernmost origins might be a bit hardier. Needs high humidity / rainfall; very sensitive to drought.

Pic: a tree at RBG Edinburgh.


    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 7:23PM
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davidrt28 (zone 7)

Thanks for the picture, Resin. As usual, you rock! (Or perhaps "you ooze" is more appropriate given your user name.)

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 11:52AM
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jimbobfeeny(5a IN)

Hmmm, I don't think I could get away with growing that. We are subject to the occasional drought (we've had dry summers the past 3 years), and we USUALLY hit -17 F at least once in the winter. We are solidly zone 5; the problem around here is that those cold snaps often come when there's no snow cover - Much more devastating than -30 with 2 feet of snow on the ground.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 7:39AM
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