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Sep
16
2017

My Favorite (Unexpectedly) Shady Characters

Conifers in Shady Situations In the world of plant-speak, the accepted definition of “Full Sun” is six or more hours of direct sun per day. Common knowledge for pines, spruces, firs, junipers, Japanese cedars, cypresses, false cypresses, dawn redwoods, and bald cypresses, unless they are variegated (and sometimes then, too) is that they need full…

Jun
29
2017

Ghost-Busters: On the trail of the albino redwood

It’s a pale ghost-like tree in the coastal redwood forests. It’s a mutant and very rare. It’s a white-needled tree that would make any gathering of coniferites gasp with excitement. It is also a mystery, although one that is slowly becoming unraveled.   The albino coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) has been observed for 150 years…

Jun
29
2017

Planting as Nature Intended

Giving New Plantings the Best Start Planting a tree or shrub in your landscape can be very exciting, but it can also be the start of a painful loss of what was once an interesting, possibly expensive, plant. On the surface planting seems to be a simple task – dig a hole to fit and…

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