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Taxus baccata stricta aurea vs Taxus baccata David

Posted by ingeborgdot 5b (My Page) on
Fri, May 11, 12 at 0:44

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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RE: Taxus baccata stricta aurea vs Taxus baccata David

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'


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RE: Taxus baccata stricta aurea vs Taxus baccata David

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?


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RE: Taxus baccata stricta aurea vs Taxus baccata David

'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...


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RE: Taxus baccata stricta aurea vs Taxus baccata David

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


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RE: Taxus baccata stricta aurea vs Taxus baccata David

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


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RE: Taxus baccata stricta aurea vs Taxus baccata David

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


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RE: Taxus baccata stricta aurea vs Taxus baccata David

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


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