Pinus sylvestris 'Aurea' and 'Gold Coin'

ginkgonut(4)January 25, 2009

So over on the conifer forum, people post beautiful pictures of these turning bright yellow during the winter. Well, mine are seem to do very little yellowing until March, when they go all yellow, to only go back to green a month later. Fourth winter now and they seem to be doing the same thing.

So I was wondering if anybody here in MN has experience with these and how your yellowing has been? I was going to post on the conifer forum, but many of these those people are in warmer zones. Maybe that has something to do with it. I am working with limited gardening space so I am starting to think these may get the shovel prune unless I find a taker.

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leftwood(z4a MN)

P.s.'Aurea' I have never grown, but have a friend down the road with a 10ft one. IMO, Aurea is a poor choice for the winter yellow, as, at least to me, the normal yellow for the cultivar is rather sickly, and not solid yellow. Gold Coin, on the other hand., is superb. I grew it from a (probably) 3 year graft for about 7 years before I was force to transplant it in the spring. Every bit of soil fell off the root system and it subsequently died.

I never noticed that either of them got more yellow in the early early spring, but they didn't reach their potential until, say, mid-Jan.

Looking out my window at this very moment, I could swear that my Pinus strobus 'Wintergold' was more yellow earlier this winter.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2009 at 3:00PM
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