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Abies firma - Momi Fir, or Japanese Fir
Zones 6-9 Part shade to shade
Momi fir is one of the most heat tolerant firs. It is a good choice for southern gardens where it grows slowly (about 12" per year on average) into a large, broad, pyramid. Needles are a light yellowish-green color and contrast well with other green plants. Charles Sargent thought this was the most handsome of the Japanese Firs. First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society.  Recommended by; the United States National Arboretum.

Araucaria araucana - Monkey Puzzle Tree
Zones 7-10 Sun to part shade

CEDRUS atlantica - Atlas Cedar Zones 6-9 Sun to part shade

‘Glauca’ – A fast growing, pyramidal evergreen with intense silver-blue color.  The most commonly grown true cedar.  8-10’ in ten years.  Awards: First Class Certificate & Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.  Recommended by: United States National Arboretum.  Photos & availability

‘Glauca Pendula’ - The weeping blue Atlas Cedar is ideal for use as a novel specimen.  Left to their own devices each individual plant will grow in its own curious way.  Easy to stake and train into serpentine, wide spreading, or tall thin habit.  Grows to 6-10’ in ten years depending on training.  Recommended by: United States National Arboretum. Photos & availability

'Horstmann' - Horstmann Blue Atlas Cedar is an extremely blue, very slow growing Atlas Cedar that's just right for modern landscapes. Horstmann grows about 6" per year and matures around 6 to 10 foot tall and spreads to about 4 feet in ten years.  Horstmann has excellent blue color and is a great alternative to Colorado Blue Spruce in hot southern climates.   Photos & availability

CEDRUS deodara – Deodar Cedar - Zones 6-9 Sun to part shade
Extremely graceful, full sized conifer with silvery to bluish-green needles.   Grows steadily to form a pyramidal to flat topped tree with branches full to the ground and pendulous tips.  Makes an excellent specimen plant.  10-15’ tall in ten years.  Awards: Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.  Recommended by: United States National Arboretum. 
Photos & availability

‘Aurea’ - Awards: Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.  Photos & availability
'Electra Blue' - Electra Blue Himalayan Cedar is notable for its bright powdery blue foliage, compact growth, and dense pyramidal habit. Slow growing to 7-8' tall after 10 years.  Photos & availability
'Divinely Blue' -
This is a small, slow, wide growing form of Deodara Cedar with pendelous branches and bright blue foliage. Divinely Blue develops slowly into a loose, upright, spreading, usually flat topped tree. Grows 6-12 inches per year.   Photos & availability
'Feelin Blue' -
Feelin Blue grows in a prostrate spreading manner. Makes a nice horizontal specimen or groundcover. Grows about 1' tall by 6' wide after 10 years. Excellent blue color. Can be staked for height or to create a weeping plant.  Photos & availability

'Feelin Sunny' - This is a spreading or weeping form of the Himalayan Cedar depending on how it is trained. Left to itself it will crawl across the ground, or stake it for a narrow weeping style. A very dwarf conifer with golden needles. Grows 2-3' tall and spreading 6' wide or more. Photos & availability
'Gold Cascade' - This is a spreading or weeping form of the Himalayan Cedar depending on how it is trained. Left to itself it will crawl across the ground, or stake it for a narrow weeping style. A very dwarf  conifer with golden needles. Grows 4"-5" per year. Photos & availability
'Gold Horizon' - Gold Horizon is a broad, low spreading Himalayan Cedar with pendulous golden needles. Excellent from and color for contrast with other conifers. After 10 years will reach 3-4' tall with a 5-6' spread. Best golden color if grown in full sun. Photos & availability

‘Karl Fuchs’Karl Fuchs Deodar Cedar was selected at a German nursery in the 1970's from cold hardy seeds collected in the Paktia province of Afganistan.  It was selected for cold hardiness, but it also has extremely blue leaves, and it grows more narrow than the species. Photos & availability
‘Raywoods Prosatrate Dwarf’ Very nice spreading form that grows irregularly to form a low mound.  Leaves are small and greyish blue in color. Excellent addition to a dwarf conifer collection. Photos & availability
'Snow Sprite' - A very nice white dwarf conifer with white foliage on new needles. Excellent for small gardens in sun or shade.Discovered in the early 1980's in British Columbia. Grows to about 3' tall by 2' wide after 10 years.  Photos & availability
'White Imp' - White Imp grows into a small mound, with new white needles over older green leaves. It is very dwarf conifer that might reach 6' tall after 25 years.  Photos & availability

 

CEDRUS libani - Cedar of Lebanon Zones 6-9 Sun to part shade

‘Nana’ - This is a slow growing dwarf conifer that makes a conical bush, growing slightly wider than tall.  The limbs are densely and regularly arranged and the leaf color is a pleasing gray-green that contrasts well with other green plants.  3-4’ in ten years.  Cultivated in England since 1838.  Photos & availability

‘Pendula’ - This plant grows as a narrow weeper.  Unusual type of the well known biblical tree.  Slow growing with a bluish cast to the needles and the cones.   Outstanding for use as a specimen.  6-10’ in ten years.  Rare.  Recommended by: United States National Arboretum.   Photos & availability

CEPHALOTAXUS

harringtonia - Japanese Plum Yew Zones 6-9 Partial shade to shade

‘Fastigata’ - Very dark green leaves are evenly arranged in spirals around the stiff erect limbs of this of this narrow growing columnar shrub.  The branches are strongly upright with few side branches.   An excellent vertical accent that is generally easier to grow over a wide range than similar growing Yews or Podocarpus.  Grows to 6-8’ tall in ten years.  Recommended by: Garden Clubs of America.Photos & availability
'Korean Gold' - Rare golden form of Plume Yew. Grows narrowly upright with leaves evenly arranged in spirals around the erect limbs. The branches are strongly upright with few side branches. New growth is yellow aging to dark green. Slow growing to 5' after many years. Photos & availability

‘Prostrata’ - A prostrate, wide growing shrub.  Much easier to grow than true yews.  Grows well in shade and beneath trees.  The wild form of this plant is originally from Japan and Central China.  3-4’spd.  in ten years.  Recommended by: Garden Clubs of America.  Photos & availability
'Yewtopia' - New, from the Southern Living Plant Collection, Yewtopia grows in a wide spreading vase shape eventually reaching 3-4' tall by 3-4' wide.  Photos & availability

CHAMAECYPARIS - False Cypress

obtusa - Hinoki Cypress Zones 5-8 Sun to partial shade

Typically a tall growing pyramid with dark glossy scale-like leaves.   Hinoki cypress and its varieties are some of the easiest conifers to grow, and are quite versitile to many conditions.  6-10’ in ten years.   Photos & availability

‘Aurea Nana’ - This will grow into an irregular upright shape.  Foliage is twisted and fan-shaped and has strong golden colors throughout the year.  Not ot be confused with ‘Nana Aurea’ which is more pyramidal and less golden.  2-3’ in ten years.  Recommended by: United States National Arboretum. Photos & availability

‘Blue Feathers’- A very recent introduction, Blue Feathers retains a juvenile type foliage and has an upward twisting growth habit that reveals a distinct bluish underside.  A compact grower whose eventual size is yet to be determined.  5-6(?)’ in ten years.  Photos & availability

‘Chabo Yidari’ – A distinctive dwarf shrub, narrowly upright and irregular in growth with both adult and juvenile leaves appearing on the same plant.  An unusual cultivar originating in Japan.  As befits its origins it is right at home in a Japense garden, and makes a distinct statement in any garden setting.Photos & availability

‘Confucius’ - Confucious has bright golden new foliage and dark green older foliage.  It grows into a dense somewhat irregular cone.  It has a reputation of being more cold tolerant than other Hinoki Cypress.  4-5’ in ten years.  Originated in New Zealand.Photos & availability

‘Crippsii’- This hinoki cypress grows slowly into a large conical shape.   Growth is loose and airy, with frond-like foliage covered in a rich golden color.  Hilliers says this is "one of the loveliest and most elegant of small golden conifers." 6-10’ in ten years.  Awards: First Class Certificate & Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.  Recommended by: United States National Arboretum. Photos & availability

‘Filicoides’ - Fernspray Hinoki Cypress- A longtime favorite with our customers.  Twisting, pendulous, frond-like branches grow on this large, open growing plant.  Capable of growing 25’ tall in time, it is usually easily pruned to a smaller size.  Deserves a space in every garden.  Very unusual and sure to draw comments from your visitors.  5-8’ in ten years.  Recommended by: United States National Arboretum. Photos & availability

‘Gracilis’ - Medium sized, compact pyramid.  Dark green, with graceful pendulous branches.  Steady grower eventually reaching 15’ in old age.  Similar to the species but smaller and more compact.  One of the best.  5-8’ in ten years.  Photos & availability

‘Kerdalo’ - An irregular, broad spreading shrub with foliage highlighted in pale yellow, nearly identical to that of 'Crippsii'.  Keraldo was originally discovered in the garden of Prince Wolkonsky at Keraldo, Brittany, France.  It was introduced in The Netherlands in 1991 and won an Award of Merit from the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society.  Photos & availability

‘Kosteri’ - Exemplary rock garden plant.  A dwarf conifer with moss green leaves and lush habit.  Leaves twist giving this plant a unique coral-like look.  Slow and small growing but might reach 1-2’ in ten years; 4-5’ tall after 25+ years.  Recommended by: Garden Clubs of America.Photos & availability
'Lynn's Gold’- Lynn’s Gold is an upright growing pyramidal hinoki cypress that is very dwarf.  The newest growth is a bright golden color that holds on throughout the year.  A recent introduction that will undoubtly become a standard.  3-4’ in ten years.Photos & availability

‘Mariesii’ - Soft foliage with white tips highlight this excellent slow growing dwarf Hinoki Cypress.  Eventually it will make a small loose growing cone shaped bush.  Some shade is preferable.  2-3’ in ten years.Photos & availability
‘Meroke’ - An excellent narrow upright dwarf conifer with golden yellow foliage.  Grows 3-6” per year forming a narrow column only 3-5’ tall after 10 years.  Golden foliage does not scald in full sun. Photos & availability

‘Nana Gracilis’ - Awards: Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.  Recommended by: Garden Clubs of America, United States National Arboretum.Photos & availability

‘Nana Lutea’ - A very dwarf hinoki with excellent golden color that holds throughout the year.  Looks like a piece of golden coral growing in your garden.  Rare and much in demand because of small size and color.  A good bonsai subject.  2’ in ten years.   Recommended by: Garden Clubs of America.  Photos & availability

‘Reis Dwarf’ - This is an upright growing  that has a very irregular aspect.  It is an excellent choice for pruning into unsual shapes in the garden or for bonsai.  A dwarf conifer growing only 2-3’ in ten years.Photos & availability

‘Repens’ - This dwarf conifer is a wide spreader.  It has an excellent green foliage that does not turn bronze-green.   Excellent in the rock garden or in foundation plantings.  2- 3’ spd. in ten years, eventually making a flattened globe only 2’ tall by 4’ wide.Photos & availability

Split Rock’ - This hinoki has the bluest color of all obtusa varieties.   Both juvenile and mature foliage are retained on the plant, with the newest outer growth showing the best blue color.  Split Rock is a slow growing asymmetric dwarf that forms an irregular mound.  3-4’ in ten years.  New and rare.  Photos & availability

‘Torulosa’ - Distinct! New foliage emerges in cockscomb-like growths.   Stems are orange colored and foliage is very dark green.  Growth habit is irregular but the basic shape is a broad pyramid.  A semi-dwarf eventually reaching 8-10’, but only after a long period of time.   3-5’ in ten years.Photos & availability

‘Torulosa Nana’- A very slow somewhat irregular growing pyramid with twisted and contorted branches and dark green foliage.  The habit is very dwarf and it would make an outstanding curosity in many situations.  2-2’ in ten years.Photos & availability

pisifera - Sawara Cypress Zones 4-8 Sun to partial shade

‘Blue Mound’This is a sport from Chamaecyparis p. 'Squarrosa Intermedia’.  Its new growth is bright blue ageing to a steely blue color.  New growth emerges in very long rope like projections that are then filled in with later growth flushes.  Makes this a great plant for training into topiary.Photos & availability
‘Boulevard’ - Pale blue upright column that is a knockout in the landscape.  Juvinelle plants and foliage show the color the most intense.  Few conifers (or any other plants) can offer such an intense blue color in your garden.   Grows 5-6’ in ten years.  Unpruned plants are slow growing, reaching only 12-15’ after many years and developing more of a tree-like identity.  Awards: Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.  Recommended by: Garden Clubs of America, United States National Arboretum.Photos & availability

‘Creamball’ - Newest outside foliage is white.  Older growth inside is green.  Grows into a small round ball.  Needs a little shade to avoid burning newest foliage in summer.Photos & availability

‘Filifera Aurea Nana’ - This very different plant has pendulous, thin, golden, whip-like leaves and branches.  The plant itself grows into a haystack-like mound.  Has a soft look and feel about it that is missing from many other conifers.  A delightful plant, and one of our favorites for many years.  Considered a dwarf (in comparison to it’s larger growing relatives) but will make 3-4’ of growth in ten years and can grow 10 foot or more given enough time and space.  Photos & availability

‘Filifera Aureovariegata’ - A Threadleaf Cypress with yellow marbled throughout the green.   Slowly grows as a flattened mound 2-3’ after 10 years, and eventually reaching 3’ high and 6’ wide.Photos & availability

‘Filifera Sungold’ - This Threadleaf Cypress is better suited for hot full sun locations than some of the other similar cultivars in this group.  Grows 3’ tall and 6’ wide after 20 years.Photos & availability

‘Golden Mop’ – This is a smaller growing version of the Golden Threadleaf Cypress - with brighter golden color than the other cultivars.  Leaves are stringy and cord-like forming a tight globose mound.   Excellent in rock gardens, foundation plantings, or massing in large groups for spectacular effect.  Unusual foliage stumps most gardeners’ ability to identify this curious but useful plant.  Very much in demand due to small size and excellent color.  2-3’ in ten years.  Awards: Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.  Photos & availability

'Juniperiodes Aurea' – This is a dense globular dwarf with soft with somewhat golden foliage in the spring turning all green in the summer.  A small plant, but it reaches its mature size fairly quickly.   2-3’ in ten years.Photos & availability

‘Plumossa Compressa’- Very small growing gray-green globe.  Soft, tight, growth makes an exquiste plant for formal settings, pots, or rock garden.  One of the first plants we would recommend for anyone beginning a dwarf conifer collection.  A plant with character.  Awards: Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.  2- 2’ in ten years.Photos & availability

‘Snow’ - Blue-gray leaves tipped white highlight this dwarf spreader.  A  dwarf conifer, it needs some shade as white tips may scald in full sun.  Snow is soft to the touch.  Excellent for contrast with green plants used alone or in groups.  2- 2’ in ten years.  Photos & availability
'Squarrosa Aurea’Squarrosa Aurea grows very slowly in to round slightly upright plant. The new growth is bright yellow against greenish-blue inner leaves. Very slow growing dwarf conifer -2-3’ after 10 years. Photos & availability

'Squarrosa Dumosa’ – Another dense globe shaped False Cypress that forms a dense bush about 3 foot tall.  Good gray-green foliage with a touch of bronze in the center of the plants in winter.  Discovered at the Berlin Botanic Garden around 1890.  Photos & availability

'Squarrosa Intermedia’- New growth is very blue in color which is unusual for this group.  A good grower reaching 6-10’ after 10 to 15 years.  Recommended by: the Garden Clubs of America.Photos & availability

'Squarrosa Lutea’- New foliage is very bright yellow.  Plant is a nice dwarf green ball only 24-30 ” after 10 years.  Photos & availability

thyoides - White Cedar Zones 3-8 Sun to partial shade

‘Aurea’ - Thin stems and leaves are a very nice yellow color on this shrubby conifer.  Open and airy when young, gets more full and dense with age.  4-5’ in 10 years. Photos & availability
‘Compact Glauca’
Pleasant blue color on a tight growing upright plant. Smaller and more compact growing than the species.  5-6’ in 10 years.Photos & availability

‘Glauca Pendula’ - Good silvery blue foliage covers this broad spreading upright pyramid.  Graceful weeping branches add a willowy touch to the conifer garden.  6-8’ in ten years.Photos & availability

‘Heather Bun’ -Excellent soft feathery plumes of olive-green with a plum colored overtone on a round topped shrub.  Often (and easily) it is pruned to size.  Grows 4-5’ in ten years, but left unchecked it may grow 6-10’ tall and 4-5’ wide over time.  Purple color is increased in winter making this an excellent plant for contrast with golden and green colored conifers.  Photos & availability

‘Little Jamie’ - Little Jamie Atlantic Cedar grows into a slender cone.   It is a dwarf conifer that only grows 3-4’ in ten years.  Dark green foliage turns purple in the winter.Photos & availability

‘Red Star’ - Red Star is one of the strongest growing plants in this group, eventually reaching 15-20’ tall in 25 years.  The habit is columnar and dense with a bluish-green color in summer, turning plum-purple in cold weather.  The leaves retain a juvenile form and are soft and feathery.Photos & availability
‘Top Point’ - This is a very tight growing dwarf that develops into a small cone.  Foliage is all juvenile and bright green.  Matures around 4’ tall.  Very new introduction, but proving to be  one of the best cultivars in this family.Photos & availability

columnar form - We have not been able to positively identify this cultivar, but we highly recommend it.  We have observed it for many years and can tell you that it will reach 6-8’ tall or more and still be only 2’ wide in 10 years.  The leaves are ‘heather-like’’ sea-green, and soft to the touch; turning plum colored in winter.Photos & availability

 

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