Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Year Round Color in a Range of Hues
Adaptable and hardy, evergreen conifers offer twelve months of color in a range of hues varying in shades of green, gold, blue, and silver. Sometimes the color is displayed as seasonal new growth or variegated foliage.
A Size and Shape for Every Landscape
These beautifully hued evergreen specimens are available as trees or shrubs in diverse shapes. Choose from columnar, pyramidal, irregular, prostrate, mounding, pendulous, and globe shaped varieties. Several conifers can be pruned as hedges or formal topiaries. Dwarf species are useful in foundation plantings, rock gardens, and containers. They also make excellent hedges that provide both privacy and beauty. Larger specimens provide a dramatic backdrop and need plenty of room. Use these in the back of a large landscape so they can be seen in their entirety.
Sequoia sempervirens 'Aptos Blue' (Coast Redwood Aptos Blue)
– Redwoods get their name from the attractive reddish-brown bark which is soft, thick, fibrous, and fire resistant. 'Aptos Blue' is a fast growing pyramid-shaped tree with dense, blue-green foliage on drooping, loose, graceful branchlets of feather-shaped leaves made up of flat, pointed, linear needles. Small roundish green cones, resembling a large olive, mature to brown. Can be planted as a hedge or in groves.
Cedrus deodara (Deodar Cedar)
– Among the most widely grown conifers in the West, this graceful and soft-textured cedar has a nodding tip that makes it recognizable on the skyline. The fastest growing of the cedars, it can be maintained as a spreading shrub with proper pruning. 'Pendula' (syn. 'Prostrata') is an extreme weeping form. 'Aurea' is similar to C. deodara but new needles are yellow that mature to a golden green color.
Pinus pinea (Italian Stone Pine)
– Originally from the Mediterranean, this attractive large pine tree is successfully grown throughout the West. With an interesting umbrella shape, this tree is prized for its cones of edible nuts that are considered a delicacy. Suitable for Las Vegas and similar climates.
Pinus thunbergii (Japanese Black Pine)
– Distinctive and picturesque, this evergreen has an open, irregular structure. Widely planted throughout California, use this tough pine in exposed situations where it develops its most picturesque form.
Pinus halepensis (Aleppo Pine)
– A moderately fast growing conifer that thrives in desert heat, aridity, wind and poor soils. Initially pyramidal in shape, this tree changes its form as it matures with age into an open, irregular, rounded crown with ascending branches. Suitable for Las Vegas.
Thuja plicata 'Emerald Cone'
– This is a beautiful selection of a California native that grows to fifty feet tall in gardens with a spread that is roughly half as wide. Its deep green foliage has a pleasant cedar smell when crushed, and it has a beautiful conical shape in the landscape. This is an excellent tree for many California landscapes.