Montezuma Pine (Pinus montezumae)
Aug04

Montezuma Pine (Pinus montezumae)

Montezuma Pine, is a species of conifer that is native to Mexico and Central America, where it is commonly known as Ocote. The tree grows about 100 feet high and its canopy can reach 35-40 feet wide; occasionally it may reach a height of 130 feet. Its rounded crown is complimented by the slightly drooping needles. The needles are born in fascicles of 5 with occasionally 4-6 and are quite irregular in thickness with some rather thick...

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Hollywood Juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Kaizuka’)
Aug27

Hollywood Juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Kaizuka’)

The Hollywood Juniper is a cultivated variety originating in Japan. Hardy to zones 3-9 it is a conifer that grows to a height of 25 feet and 15 feet wide. Regularly chosen for use as a specimen in the landscape. This evergreen conifer has blue-green cones and a combination of juvenile and adult foliage. Once established this selection has great drought tolerance and often suffers if planted in areas that receive too much water. When...

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Canadian Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
Jan19

Canadian Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

Canadian Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) Habitat.—Cold soils, borders of swamps, deep woods, ravines, mountain slopes. USDA Zones 3-7. Habit.—A large handsome tree, 50-80 feet high; trunk 2-4 feet in diameter, straight, tapering very slowly; branches going out at right angles, not disposed in whorls, slender, brittle yet elastic, the lowest declined or drooping; head spreading, somewhat irregular, widest at the base; spray airy, graceful,...

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Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)
Mar05

Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)

One of the very few deciduous conifers, the Dawn Redwood is a great tree. Its pyramidal habit and straight trunk in youth become broader and rounded as it ages. Hardy in zones 4-8. The 1/2″ long and 1/16″ wide needles of this conifer are arranged oppositely along the rather slender branchlets. They emerge as a bright green and fade to brown and even orange brown in the fall. Red-brown bark in youth it becomes fissured,...

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Bristlecone Pine (Pinus aristata)
Jul07

Bristlecone Pine (Pinus aristata)

Native to the southeastern United States, the Bristlecone pine also referred to as the Hickory Pine. This tree is considered to be one of the oldest living plants on the earth, some specimens have been documented to be upwards of 5,000 years old. Definitely a slow grower, this tree can withstand harsh soils and exposed locations, hardy to zone 4. In habit this tree will reach 10-20 feet tall and have an irregular form. (It will take...

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