"THINK OF SCULPTURE WHEN PLANTING DWARF CONIFERS"
PHOTOS ISELI NURSERY
abies koreana silberlocke
ABIES KOREANA 'SILBERLOCKE'

larix decidua prag
Larix decidua prag
LARIX DECIDUA 'PRAG'

picea abies frohburg
PICEA ABIES 'FROHBURG'
Picea pendula brun
PICEA OMORIKA 'PENDULA BRUNS'
Chamaecyparis mops
CHAMAECYPARIS 'MOPS'
pinus strobus macopin
PINUS STROBUS 'MACOPIN'

 Cones on dwarf spruce
ABIES KOREANA 'SILBERLOCKE' CONES


DWARF CONIFERS FOR THE GARDEN
By Martin Stern
Martin Stern, owner Squire House GardensAs the gardening years pass our tastes change. I have come to admire the architectural impact of low-maintenance dwarf conifers. Their contribution to the winter landscape trumps just about every other type of the plant choice.

Incorporating conifers is a tricky business. Conifers as a group can “stick out like a sore thumb” in our primarily deciduous landscape. Careful consideration of form, foliar texture and color can, however, produce stunning results. The first step is to identify those exceptional varieties that offer varying and contrasting shapes, sizes and colors.

Think sculpture when planting dwarf conifers. Individual plants are sculptural and are best organized in sculptural groupings. Avoid piling together a multitude of individual specimens - repetition is always good in well-composed plantings.

Here is a list of some favorite dwarf (and standard-size or tree) conifers:

Upright broad pyramidal form (trees)
Abies koreana ʻSilberlockeʼ - Stunning, inward curving, thickly-clad, silver-faceted branches on a well-formed but not stiff tree. Bright purple cones appear in spring. Grows very slowly to mature at 15 or more feet.
Picea abies ʻAcroconaʼ - Another charmer similiar in habit and proportions to Abies koreana ʻSilberlockeʼ but more with a more irregular, picturesque growth habit.
Upright narrow pyramidal form (trees)
Abies alba ʻGreen Spiralʼ - Dark glossy needles clothe this narrow tree with pendulous irregular branching.
Picea omorika ʻPendula Brunsʼ - A very narrow vertical selection with strongly pendulous side branches.
Prostrate and weeping forms
Picea abies ʻFrohburgʼ - Slow-growing with weeping branches forming a full spreading skirt. Rich emerald green typical of Norway spruce variants.
Mounding forms
Larix decidua ʻPragʼ - Bright green, fine textured deciduous evergreen. Grows to about 4 feet.
Chamaecyparis ʻMopsʼ - A gold mound with pendant, threadlike new growth. Its delicate appearance belies a reliable, hardy conifer for our area.

Upright and upright vase forms
Pinus strobus ʻMacopinʼ - Extremely well-formed upright dwarf white pine - structured but never stiff. Needles have a blue cast.
Pinus strobus ʻGreen Twistʼ - Twisted needle reveal varying shades of green, green-blue and silver. A captivating texture on a compact, rounded upright white pine variant.
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