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Living Christmas Trees: Care and Species

Living Christmas Trees: Care and Species

Living Christmas Trees can be brought indoors to celebrate the season year after year, then eventually planted into the landscape to grow with your family.

Care

1. Slowly introduce the tree from outside to inside over 3-4 days starting in a garage or porch.

2.Find the coolest spot possible indoors to set up the tree, away from any heat sources.

3. Keep the tree well watered, keeping the roots moist but not soggy. Use a tray to collect excess water that drains from the pot.

4. Keep the tree inside for up to four days.

5. Carefully transition back outside using the reverse procedure as in step one.

 

Species for 2019

Natives

Incense Cedar (Calocedrus decurrens)

Easy to grow, drought-tolerant, fragrant conifer that tolerates some shade and grows to a narrow 100’+.

Alaskan Cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkenansis)

Graceful evergreen tree, 60-90 ft tall, slender conical, with drooping branches and flattened sprays.

Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis)

Short sharp needles and 3” cones on this 125’+ conifer.

Shore Pine (Pinus contorta)

Very adaptable and easy to grow to 20+’ and 30’ wide.

Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta ssp. Murrayana)

Long-lived conifer grows 50-100’ and 15’ wide.

Western White Pine (Pinus monticola)

Provides habitat for a variety of mammals, birds, and insects. Grows to 75’+. Grows in moist to dry conditions in full sun to part shade.

Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)

Large, easy to grow conifer with long needles that thrives in dry soil. 150’+ and 25’ wide.
    
Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

Easy to grow, 120-240’ tall and 30’ wide. Full sun.

Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganticum)

Beautiful, large, fast growing conifer that requires ample moisture and good drainage. Largest tree by volume in the world!

Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata)

Stunning and easy to grow with good moisture to 100’.

Mountain Hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana)

Slow growing to 60-100’ and 15’ wide. Alpine conifer, works great in pots for several years

Great Tree Cultivar Suggestions

Fir (Abies grandis x. concolor)

An excellent intermediate fir with beautiful foliage.  10 year size of 6’.

‘Horstmann’s Silberlocke’ Korean Fir (Abies koreana)

The needles of this small, pyramidal tree are recurved, displaying the silver-white undersides which give a gleaming color and uncommonly beautiful textural effect. 12’ in 10 years.

‘Silver Show’ Korean Fir (Abies koreana)

Showy color and special texture abound. Enjoys full sun and moist, well-drained soil. 12’ in 10 years.

‘Aurea’ Spanish Fir (Abies pinsapo)

Attractive, yellow needles that are rigid and tapered radiate from the branches. 25’ in 10 years.

Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana)

Exciting and unusual 50-80’ tall Chilean native

Deodor Cedar (Cedrus deodora)

Drooping branchlets and branching that is gracefully drooping at the tips.  40-50’ tall.

‘Silver Mist’ Deodor Cedar (Cedrus deodora)

This conifer forms a small pyramid up to 6' in height. Billowing, white-tipped foliage happily glistens even in full sun, accenting the tips of delicate, blue-green mature foliage.

‘Van Pelt’s Blue’ Lawson Cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana)

Pure blue foliage takes on purple tints from a distance. To 12' tall and 6' wide in 8 years. For full sun to light shade in very well drained soil with sparse water once established.

‘Well’s Special’ Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa)

Lovely, low maintenance tree to 10’ tall.

‘Black Dragon’ Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)

Dark-foliaged conifer is easy to grow to a manageable 10’ at maturity

‘Elegans Aurea’ Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)

Light green in summer with its soft, feathery juvenile foliage filling out this upright selection. In late winter, it puts on a bright chartreuse display when the colorful sight is especially welcome. As a large, handsome specimen with cinnamon bark and a tapering trunk, this conifer will add strength and elegance to the landscape year-round. 12’ in 10 years.

‘Aurea’ Arizona Cypress (Cupressus arizonica)

Soft, dense foliage is a glowing yellow and green. Narrow rapid growth rate make for a great privacy plant. 15-20' x 4-5'. Full sun to part shade.

‘Blue Pyramid’ Arizona Cypress (Cupressus arizonica)

Unique tree with blue foliage makes for a striking accent plant. 35-40’.

‘Wilma Goldcrest’ Lemon Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa)

Bright fragrant foliage and tight conical form. 6-15’ tall and 2-4’ wide.

‘Gold Drift’ Norway Spruce (Picea abies)

Dwarf weeping golden, A great new conifer that can be grown as a groundcover or staked into a small weeping tree. Needles are butter-yellow. If staked, 6' tall x 3' wide in 10 years, larger with maturity.

‘Susan’ Norway Spruce (Picea abies)

Narrow, weeping has very fine, blue-green foliage. 8’x2’ in 10 years.

‘Jean’s Dilly’ Dwarf Alberta Spruce (Picea glauca conica)

Keeps it's tight shape over time with it dense, new needles twisting out of the end of the branches in the springtime. Good anchor tree for pots or a miniature garden bed. Can be decorated for the holidays. 3-5’.

‘Pendula’ Weeping White Spruce (Picea glauca)

Distinctive tree with formal, narrow, conical shape and pendulous, stiffly held, drooping branches and loads of light, gray-green foliage.

Picea mariana ‘Aureovariegata’

A soft, graceful, slow growing conifer with blue green needles. When planted in full sun the needles are frosted with creamy yellow. 30’ tall and 12’ wide.

Oriental Spruce ‘Aureospicata’ (Picea orientalis)

For drama in the garden it is hard to beat. Short, dark green needles explode with brilliant chartreuse new growth in spring. Grows into a narrowly pyramidal shape. Its slow growth make it a very well-mannered conifer for the urban landscape.

Picea orientalis ‘Losely’

A wonderful dwarf with a dense conical habit. The short branches gracefully droop. Prefers full sun in well-drained soil. 3' tall x 2' wide in 10 years.

 ‘Avatar’ Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)

Lush blue foliage is especially striking in spring as the new needles emerge as soft blue powder puffs. The distinctive tiered pattern of branching contributes a “wow” factor both as a young tree but more so in a mature specimen. With a slower growth rate this can develop to its full majesty in many sizes of landscapes. 25’ in  10 years. Likes full sun.

‘Baby Blue’ Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)

Eye-catching silvery blue-green foliage holds its color well. Slow growing to 15-30’ and 15’ wide.

‘Sester Dwarf’ Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)

Stunning blue needles, slow growth rate, and classic conical form make Picea pungens ‘Sester Dwarf’ an ideal plant for the modern landscape. To 6’

‘Troemner’ Blue Spruce (Picea x.)

Form will be narrow with downsweeping bright blue foliage and purple cones. Prefers full sun in well-drained soil. 8' tall x 3' wide in 10 years.

Bristlecone Pine (Pinus aristata)

Irregular, sweeping branches and purplish-brown cones. Extremely slow growing; this shrub-like tree will maintain its size for years. To 20’

‘Chief Joseph’ Lodegepole Pine (Pinus contorta)

Electric gold needles of this beguiling Pacific Northwest native lodgepole pine cultivar discovered in northeastern Oregon. The new growth in spring and summer is the typical green, then the dazzling color of ‘Chief Joseph’ is revealed in late autumn to early winter as frosts arrive. To 20’ tall x 6’ wide.

‘Taylor’s Sunburst’ Japanese Red Pine (Pinus contorta)

Brilliant, golden-yellow, new growth erupts in spring and makes ‘Taylor’s Sunburst’ a vibrant show-stopper. The striking color lasts for weeks, then gradually softens to a light, yellow-green as the foliage hardens. In spring, tiny red cones add contrast to this extraordinary Lodgepole Pine. 12’ in 10 years

‘Oculus Draconis’ Japanese Red Pine (Pinus densiflora)
Small, variegated  , upright tree-form of Japanese red pine. To 15’ tall.

Pinyon Pine (Pinus edulis)

Slow growing to 16-40’. Often wide and squat.

‘Jack Korbit’ Pine (Pinus koraiensis)

Blue-green needles have yellow banding. Possibly the best variegated form of Korean pine. The long needles bend giving a tufted appearance. 6’ tall x 3’ wide

‘Oculis Draconis’ Pine (Pinus koraiensis)

Strong yellow variegation rings the needles of this highly desirable oriental pine. A must for the Japanese garden or the collector of the rare and unusual!

‘Mint Truffles’ Bosnian Pine (Pinus leucodermis)

Dense, finely textured, green needles cover every shoot completely . Characterized by restrained, slow growth, gently incurving branches and a compact, well-proportioned form. Very little needle drop and exceptionally good health, including resistance to disease and pests and tolerance of a variety of conditions. 12’H x 8’W in 10 years.

‘Tannenbaum’ Pine (Pinus mugo)

Perfect Christmas-tree shape and displays an exceptionally good habit. Foliage is rich green with a hint of gray/blue, even during winter. Highly adaptable to a wide range of environmental and climatic conditions and very hardy. The original plant reached 10 to 11′ tall and 6′ wide after 25 years.

‘Komet’ Black Pine or Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra)

A columnar dwarf form of Austrian Pine only reaching 4’. Color and growth pattern put this apart from other columnar Austrian Pines.

‘Aoi’ Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora)

Silvery blue on one side, green on the other, the long-enduring, straight needles give the naturally sculpted, upright tree a lush look. Sturdy branches display attractive silver-grey bark and loads of small cones. The slender architectural tree makes a dramatic feature and contributes an Asian aesthetic to the landscape. Provide full sun and good drainage. 15’H x 8’W

‘Bergman’s’ Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora)

In spring, the bright colored pollen cones provide a dramatic contrast to the long, twisted, blue-green needles of this rare Japanese White Pine. The compact, rounded shrub or tree develops a wide, irregular, upright habit that makes a nice architectural accent. 10’ in 10 years.

‘Glauca’ Japanese White Pine (Pinus p.)
    An attractive five-needled pine with annual growth around 5", reaching an ultimate height of 40-60'. Its bluish effect comes from blue-white bands on the inner sides of the needles. A beautiful plant that holds its color through winter.

‘Angel Falls’ Pine (Pinus s.)
    A weeping form with long light-green needles. The branches are incredibly pendulous - they just hang like a waterfall. 12’ in 10 years.

‘Hakuho’ Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii)
Nice larger dwarf form of Japanese Black Pine. 4’x2’ in 10 years.

‘Thunderhead’ Pine (Pinus thunbergii)
The eye-catching, brilliant white candles of Pinus thunbergii ‘Thunderhead’ create a striking contrast to the thick, glossy, green needles. Develops a dense, billowy, cloud-like form that may mature to a form as wide as tall. 15’ x 12’.

‘Joe Kozey’ Japanese Umbrella Pine (Sciadopitys)
An extraordinary cultivar that stands out from the rest. At maturity, the slow-growing Japanese Umbrella Pine becomes a large, spire-like tree.  20’H x 6’W

‘Golden Splendor’ Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
Graceful, elegant, fast-growing Canadian Hemlock. 25’ in 10 years

‘Thorsen’s Weeping’ Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla)
Rich, emerald-green foliage is arranged densely on the procumbent branches of this extraordinary small hemlock. When staked becomes a narrow, upright form with sweeping secondary branches that produce a full, soft look. It is strikingly beautiful both as a cascading form and as a groundcover, allowed to ramble through the understory.





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