Last year I was a little too late when I wrote about two great conifers selected by the American Conifer Society as the 2009 Collectors Conifers of the Year. This year I want to make sure you don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to order the three plants chosen for 2010.
Larix decidua ‘Puli’ is an absolutely gorgeous weeping Larch. This deciduous conifer has bright green needles densely covering weeping branches that will cover the ground if allowed to naturally spread. Staked to any height desired, ‘Puli’ can either be a low mounding, sprawling groundcover or a tall specimen that matures with great character. Its deciduous habit gives a show of yellow foliage in autumn before needle drop exposing an interesting silhouette that will sway in the winter breeze.
Taxodium distichum ‘Peve Minaret’ is a wonderful contrast to ‘Puli’ in that it has a very upright growing habit. Some annual trimming will produce a neat and formal looking tree. Growing naturally, ‘Peve Minaret’ can become a little unruly, but some may enjoy its unique character. During autumn, the soft textured foliage will turn reddish brown and will persist on the plant for weeks before it drops to expose a fascinating, layered branch work.
Ginkgo biloba ‘Mariken’ is a delightful dwarf version of this fascinating tree. Not quite a conifer and not quite a traditional broadleaved tree, this gymnosperm dates back to the dawn of time and is classified in a division all its own called Ginkgophyta. In Asian culture, the Ginkgo has been used for thousands of years for culinary as well as medicinal purposes. ‘Mariken’ is very dwarf, growing three to five inches per year and will mature into a multi-branched small tree. Its bright golden autumn foliage color will brighten the garden for a few weeks until leaf drop.
All three selections for 2010 are very unique and will be rare in the trade for some time. Members of the ACS have a tremendous opportunity to order these plants for spring delivery. Not a member? Don’t be late and join the American Conifer Societytoday!