Category Archives: Conifer

Pinus mugo ‘Mops’ AGM


Pinus can be shrubs or large, evergreen trees, some species with attractive bark, developing an irregular outline with age and bearing long needle-like leaves in bundles of 2, 3 or 5; conspicuous cones may fall or remain on the tree for years

‘Mops’ is a slow-growing evergreen conifer making a medium-sized shrub of bushy, rounded habit, with slender, paired dark green needles up to 3cm in length

Common Name: dwarf mountain pine ‘Mops’
Family: Pinaceae
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by adelgids, aphids, sawflies/sawfly and pine shoot moth
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 20-50 years
Exposure: Grow in any well-drained soil. Looks good in a large rock garden
Garden characteristics: Drought Resistant, Architectural, Low Maintenance, Rock Garden or Coastal

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Little Spire’ AGM


Chamaecyparis are evergreen trees, usually of narrowly ovoid or columnar outline, with much-branched sprays of small scale-like leaves, and small, globose cones; tiny red male cones are conspicuous in a few cultivars

‘Little Spire’ is a slow-growing evergreen conifer of conical habit, with dark blue-green foliage in small, dense, thick sprays

Common Name: Lawson’s cypress ‘Little Spire’
Family: Cupressaceae
Hardiness: H6 (hardy – very cold winter)
Color foliage: Dark Blue and Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 1.5-2.5 metres
Habit: Columnar/Upright
Habit: Aphids may be a problem
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: East-facing
Time to ultimate height: 10-20 years
Exposure: Grows well in moist but well-drained soil. Tolerant of chalk soils but prefers slightly acidic soil
Garden characteristics: Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden

Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Golden Mop’


Chamaecyparis are evergreen trees, usually of narrowly ovoid or columnar outline, with much-branched sprays of small scale-like leaves, and small, globose cones; tiny red male cones are conspicuous in a few cultivars

‘Golden Mop’ is an evergreen dwarf conifer making a small, rounded shrub. Foliage golden-yellow, cord-like in short sprays

Common Name: sawara cypress ‘Golden Mop’
Family: Cupressaceae
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Aphids may be a problem
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 10-20 years
Exposure: Grows well in moist but well-drained soil. Tolerant of chalk soils but prefers slightly acidic soil. Can scorch
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden

Abies nordmanniana ‘Golden Spreader’ AGM


Abies are evergreen conifers, often very tall, with whorled branches bearing flattened, linear leaves, often whitish beneath, and on the upper branches, large cones which break up whilst attached to the tree

‘Golden Spreader’ is a slow-growing evergreen conifer making a small shrub of spreading, bushy growth, wider than tall. Foliage bright golden-yellow, particularly in winter

Common Name: Caucasian fir ‘Golden Spreader’
Family: Pinaceae
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: East-facing
Time to ultimate height: 20-50 years
Exposure: Grow in moist but well-drained slightly acidic soil
Garden characteristics: Architectural or Low Maintenance

Abies koreana ‘Silberlocke’


Abies are evergreen conifers, often very tall, with whorled branches bearing flattened, linear leaves, often whitish beneath, and on the upper branches, large cones which break up whilst attached to the tree’Silberlocke’ is an evergreen conifer making a small tree of bushy habit. Leaves dark green, but curled upwards to show the silvery white undersides. Purple cones borne on young plants
Common Name: Korean fir ‘Silberlocke’
Family: Pinaceae
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: White and Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 2.5-4 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Can get aphids and adelgids
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: East-facing
Time to ultimate height: 10-20 years
Exposure: Grow in moist but well-drained slightly acidic soil
Garden characteristics: Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Low Maintenance, Rock Garden, Gravel Garden or Patio/Container Plants

Juniperus procumbens ‘Nana’ AGM


Juniperus can be prostrate or erect, evergreen shrubs or trees with aromatic, scale-like or sharply pointed awl-shaped leaves, and small globose fruits

‘Nana’ is a compact mat-forming evergreen conifer to 75cm in width, with dense, prickly, grey-green, awl-shaped leaves

Common Name: decumbent juniper ‘Nana’
Family: Cupressaceae
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Mat forming
Habit: May be attacked by aphids, juniper scale and caterpillars
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 20-50 years
Exposure: Grow in any well-drained soil. Junipers need little if any pruning. Useful in hot sunny sites. Good ground cover
Garden characteristics: Architectural, Gravel Garden, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance or Rock Garden

Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana’


Chamaecyparis are evergreen trees, usually of narrowly ovoid or columnar outline, with much-branched sprays of small scale-like leaves, and small, globose cones; tiny red male cones are conspicuous in a few cultivars

‘Nana’ is a slow-growing evergreen conifer forming a dense dwarf shrub, bushy and rounded in habit, with small, concave, horizontal sprays of blackish-green foliage

Common Name: Hinoki cypress ‘Nana’
Family: Cupressaceae
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Aphids may be a problem
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 20-50 years
Exposure: Grows well in moist but well-drained soil. Tolerant of chalk soils but prefers slightly acidic soil
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance or Rock Garden