What is your favorite conifer purchased this year?

dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)November 5, 2011

With the year winding down and most new acquisitions in the ground let's get involved with this thread.

Of all the additions you have added what is the one that is a cut above the rest?

Give your reasons--rarity, unusual color, growing characteristics, focal point anchor plant...and so forth.

I'll start with Picea omorika 'de Ruyter'.

In my opinion one of the most unusual Picea omorika cultivars. Its irregular sculptural habit give this slow-growing cultivar a unique character and make it an excellent excellent focal point conifer for the small garden. Individual shoots display either blue or green needles, both on the same plant.

Not rare in the trade but unique in its own right.

Dave

Foliage.

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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Picea abies 'Wingle's Weeper'

    Bookmark   November 5, 2011 at 8:59PM
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harv2016

My favorite would be this pinus banksania 'Uncle Foggy'. I've been looking for this culitvar for years and had my favorite nursery order it in from Iseli. Have always loved it's wild undulating growth and toughness.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2011 at 9:36PM
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dansgrdn

Dave when I saw your title, I immediately thought of 'de Ruyter', so I'm going to be a copycat and say the same thing. Mine had burnt off buds on the leader when I got it, but since there were no others and I liked it so much, I still picked it up. Here's how it looked in its new spot when I put it in.

Dan

    Bookmark   November 5, 2011 at 10:16PM
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glaciers_end(8WA)

hands down, my favorite acquisition for 2011 is Picea abies 'Anita's Golden Cloak.' The reason is obvious. I have the first one, and at the moment, I know the whereabouts of all of her babies.

~Dave

    Bookmark   November 5, 2011 at 10:57PM
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dansgrdn

Gorgeous plant ~Dave!!! I can see why it was an easy decision. I'm sure if you ever decide to sell or trade the "babies", they'll go like hotcakes :)

Dan

    Bookmark   November 5, 2011 at 11:11PM
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bluespruce53(Dorset UK)

Dave, can i assume that 'Anita's Golden Cloak' isn't one of Bob Fincham's new introductions ? ..nice plant by the way.

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dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)

In the interest of correctness the cultivar name should be spelled 'De Ruyter'.

Dave

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 7:48AM
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glaciers_end(8WA)

Hi Blue. 'Anita's Golden Cloak' isn't one of Bob's introductions, although it is a result of his work in crossing Acrocona and Gold Drift. He named and is propogating and selling his favorite 5-6, and is selling the others.

The only other named cultivars I'm aware of right now are 'Anita's Golden Cloak,' and 'Catherine's Golden Heart,' which is in Will the Firefighter's garden.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 11:00AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Well, I only added one conifer to my small collection this year -
a nice compact Picea abies 'Little Gem.'

Josh

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 2:03PM
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dietzjm

Of the 96 (!!) conifers I bought this year, my favorite is Picea sitchensis 'Bentham's Sunlight'. I read The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant over the winter and was inspired to buy the plant that is a descendant of the original tree. Although its a zone 6 in my zone 4, I plan to put it under a rose cone for the winter and throw extra snow over the top.

-Matt

P.S. Dan, I think we are all long overdue for a photo tour of your garden. Your design sense is second to none and your pictures serve as an inspiration for my own garden.

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dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)

I have to add this one also.

Why I wanted it is self-explanatory.

Dave

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Melody'.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2011 at 10:45AM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Might as well do the top 3!

Picea omorika 'Peve Tijn'

Picea engelmannii 'Blue Magoo'

    Bookmark   November 7, 2011 at 3:25PM
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ricksample(6)

That's one great looking Picea engelmannii 'Blue Magoo'! I have that on the top of my 2012 spring list.

Anyhow, so far my favorite and most expensive would be Pinus strobus 'Angel Falls'

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wassercom(5a)

Considered an entry-level conifer: Check.

Relatively common in the nursery trade: Check.

Destined to be the visual anchor of my entryway landscape bed: Check.

Picea glauca 'Pendula'...a classic.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2011 at 10:45PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

I feel the same way. I ended up getting two of them this year. Partly because one was so so cheap at the end of the year. Its so straight and narrow its perfect.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2011 at 1:25PM
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ladylotus(Z3/4 ND)

GE, how cold hardy is Anita's Golden Cloak? It sure is nice.

I want an Angel's Falls so bad. I think it is stunning. I happened to see a more mature AF's this summer and fell in love with it.

Blue Magoo is beautiful. Does it grow into a pyramidal xmas tree shape?

I wish I could grow Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Melody'. I just don't think I could get that one to grow up here. I guess perhaps I could grow it in a hypertufa pot.

I bet Picea sitchensis 'Bentham's Sunlight' will be a stunning tree once it matures. Please keep me informed if it does well in your zone.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2011 at 10:41PM
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severnside

Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Dandy Doug'. It has such a personality from a little creature standing up to a Japanese wave. In a fire it's would be the one I'd grab. (Talking of which where's Firefighter?) Since repotted to correct mix.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 11:09AM
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dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)

lady,

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Melody'. Buchholz says it good to Zone 3. I would call them to see what they base that on. Everybody else Zone 4-5.

Pinus strobus 'Angel Falls' good to Zone 3.

I update my Photobucket album about this time every year. I have had this one for 6 years and discovered it was not in the album.

Taken today. I hope this one will curl your toes enough to to make it a reality your garden next year.

Dave

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 12:07PM
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mrgpag

Dave - Locally I've observed a large percentage of weeping white pine being infested with white pine adelgid. Are you experiencing any of that with your plants and if so - how do you treat?

Marshall

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 12:54PM
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mrgpag

meant to write pine bark adelgid instead of white pine adelgid

Marshall

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dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)

Marshall,

Pine bark adelgid does not seem to be an issue here in Kansas City area.

The heat/drought and humidity have taken its toll on Pinus strobus for the last two years. Out of 10 I had I have two left. The 'Angel Falls' is one of them.

Dave

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 2:27PM
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dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)

Marshall,

I might add for the last two years I have all my conifers treated professionally by a certified arborist.

Early April for scale... etc.

Late May for all other infestations aka Bagworms etc.

I am now totally free from dealing with all these diseases/insect infestations I used to marginally treat. Also my dollar outlay went down considerably eliminating the purchase of expensive nursery products to treat various issues.

When you have as many plants as I do at some point it becomes impractical to do it yourself. It took me a few years to realize that. I finally got the message when my sprayer wouldn't reach the top of my larger trees.

If I remember right I did a thread on this subject last April/May. Photos are now probably erased.

Dave

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ladylotus(Z3/4 ND)

Dave, Oh for BEAUTIFUL. I love your Angel Falls. I do have to get that one for SURE. Does it need to be staked up until you want it to begin weeping down? That is really a nice looking plant.

Thanks for the information regarding Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Melody'. That is a really different looking plant.

Severnside your Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Dandy Doug' does look like a little creature standing and reaching out with its little arms. LOL Adorable.

I can see it is not a good idea for me to see everyone's photos of all these conifers. I'm weak and want them all. LOL

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 9:24PM
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Ament(5a SD)

I just love the Picea engelmannii 'Blue Magoo'!

I only purchased two, finally got the blue spruce while I was in California. It currently sits in a pot out on the deck. My Tanima No Yuki is my favorite. =) You've all seen it.

~Tina

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glaciers_end(8WA)

Hey, Lady L, check your email. :-)

~Dave

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 9:36PM
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Katsura Gardens(6)

Picea abies Medusa

Metasequoia g. North Light

The foliage on North Light is bizarre as it unfolds!
john

    Bookmark   December 7, 2011 at 2:47PM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

That's cool John.

My only purchase:
Pinus uncinata 'Baby'

Dax

    Bookmark   December 7, 2011 at 3:14PM
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coniferjoy(z7 The Netherlands)

John, you've a very nice 'North Light'...
This one is found by my German Friend Winfried Schirrmann and he found it as a witches' broom on a Metasequoia glypt. 'White Spot' and named it 'Schirrmann's Nordlicht'.
It was Talon Buchholz who renamed it in 'North Light' but this is illegitimate!
Please rename it back into the right the original cultivar name which is 'Schirrmann's Nordlicht'.
Thanks in advance!

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severnside

For a singular annual purchase that 'Baby' is a very fine choice.

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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Oh your Dandy Doug is a frosty beverage. The story goes I looked thru Coenosium Gardens offerings and that was the only plant being offered I didn't already have access to scionwood to, and, I'm a yearly purchaser from Bob Fincham w/o exception.

Dax

    Bookmark   December 7, 2011 at 7:28PM
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aspenacres(5b BC)

My favorite conifer I bought this year would be tough to decide on. I bought 2 and I love them both. Pinus Nigra and Picea Pungens.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2011 at 8:49PM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

I hear ya Aspen. There's nothing wrong with a seedling.

Dax

    Bookmark   December 7, 2011 at 9:38PM
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