Super Dwarfs part two

Last time I promised a list of what I consider to be “Super Dwarfs” (dwarf and miniature conifers with premium characteristics of habit, rate of growth and color) that both the novice and experienced conifer gardener will enjoy. In the mean-time, my wife and I had a wonderfully relaxing vacation camping with a large group of friends. I was able to spend time at our picnic table, with tablet and catalogs in hand, creating the promised list. Friends would drop by to visit so I had plenty of opportunities to promote my favorite conifers while camping.

Super minature conifers in the rock garden
Super minature conifers in the rock garden

The list I’ve created include fairly common dwarf and miniature conifers that should be relatively easy to find at your local independent garden centers. These winners have proven themselves in the garden for their reliability and ease of growth. Some other conifers can be finicky about the soil condition or other regional climatic influence, but these Super Dwarfs will be great for the beginning gardener or long-time enthusiast. I’ve included the USDA Zone rating to help you make choices appropriate for your local area.

Here is my list of twenty conifer Super Dwarfs – believe me it was no easy task keeping my list to just twenty! Some of these are still rare in the trade, but will be worth the hunt if you find them.

Growth rate Plant name USDA hardiness Zone
Dwarf Abies koreana ‘Cis’ 4
Miniature Abies koreana ‘Silberperle’ 4
Dwarf Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Mariesii’ 5
Dwarf Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Gracilis’ 5
Dwarf Cryptomeria japonica ‘Tansu’ 6
Dwarf Juniperus horizontalis ‘Limeglow’™ 3
Dwarf Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’ 4
Dwarf Picea abies ‘Fat Cat’ 3
Dwarf Picea abies ‘Pumila’ 3
Dwarf Picea glauca ‘Jean’s Dilly’ 4
Miniature Picea glauca ‘Pixie Dust’ 4
Dwarf Picea glauca ‘Rainbow’s End’ 4
Miniature Picea orientalis ‘Tom Thumb’ 4
Dwarf Picea pungens ‘Montgomery’ 2
Miniature Pinus mugo ‘Donna’s Mini’ 2
Dwarf Pinus mugo ‘Slowmound’ 2
Dwarf Pinus mugo ‘Teeny’ 2
Dwarf Thuja plicata ‘Whipcord’ 5
Dwarf Tsuga canadensis ‘Cole’s Prostrate’ 4
Dwarf Tsuga canadensis ‘Moon Frost’ 4

Happy hunting!

Ed-
Conifer Lover