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Jan
6
2018

The Weather Outside is Frightful!

Here are some photos of conifers in the snow from CQ Editor Ron Elardo’s garden in Adrian, Michigan. We’d love to see your photos, too!       These conifers are all hardy to Ron’s USDA Zone 6a garden. Watch for his adventures in zone-pushing with other, more tender conifers in the next CQ.  

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…

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