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Vermeulen to close at the end of 2013

Conifer collectors on the mailing list of the venerable (founded 1921) John Vermeulen & Sons nursery in Neshantic Station, NJ, are in for a shock when they read their 2013 catalog: Large production has ceased and the corporation will dissolve as soon as the inventory is sold off.

As reported by Suzanne Mahoney in the NER newsletter, Coniferous Connections, while conducting a grafting workshop for ACS members this past weekend Nancy Vermeulen revealed the regretful decision that she and her brother Jeff had recently reached. Their individual plans are still unclear as they concentrate of preparing their last availability list and seek out buyers for their inventory. There is no intention to sell off the property at this time but they hope to operate it as a working farm in some capacity, we want to be here, serving Mother Earth…what else?

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Tsuga canadensis ‘Vermeulen’s’ Winter Gold’ in May in Maine. (click to enlarge)

As Nancy’s father Peter Vermeulen grew into the business started by his father, the nursery developed a reputation for not just quality plant material but unusual varieties. Since 1933 the company has introduced 64 registered cultivars that can now be found in horticulture in this country and abroad. Of these, 35 are conifer species including cryptomeria, juniper, yew and hemlock.

A partial list of Vermeulen Introduced Plants (VIP) includes:

  • Cryptomeria japonica ‘Rein’s Dense Jade’ 
  • Juniperus virginiana ‘Sparkling Skyrocket’
  • Picea pungens ‘Royal Knight’
  • Pinus cembra ‘Silver Sheen
  • Pinus cembra ‘Chalet’
  • Pinus fllexilis var. reflexa  ‘Vanderwolf’s Pyramid’
  • Pinus parviflora ‘Emperor’
  • Pinus strobus ‘Bloomer’s Dark Globe’
  • Pinus strobus ‘Blue Mist’
  • Pinus strobus ‘Crazy Form’
  • Pinus strobus ‘Emerald Orb’
  • Pinus sylvestris ‘Trenton Weeping’
  • Pinus thunbergii ‘Mini Mounds’
  • Pseudotsuga menzieii ‘Astro Blue’
  • Taxus cuspidata ‘Vermeulen’
  • Taxus × media ‘Beanpole’
  • Taxus × media ‘Dark Knight’
  • Taxus × media ‘Flushing’
  • Taxus × media ‘Grandiflora’
  • Taxus × media ‘Kelseyi’
  • Taxus × media ‘Kelseyi Upright’
  • Taxus × media ‘Pilaris’
  • Taxus × media ‘Pyramidalis’
  • Taxus × media ‘Robusta’
  • Taxus × media ‘Sentinalis’
  • Taxus × media ‘Stricta’
  • Taxus × media ‘Viridis’
  • Thuja occidentalis ‘Ada’
  • Tsuga canadensis ‘Green Cascade’
  • Tsuga canadensis ‘Guldemond’s Dwarf’
  • Tsuga canadensis. ‘Lustgarten’s Creeping’
  • Tsuga canadensis. ‘Stockman’s Compact’
  • Tsuga canadensis ‘Stockman’s Dwarf’
  • Tsuga canadensis ‘Vermeulen’s’
  • Tsuga canadensis ‘Vermeulen’s Winter Gold’

Nancy Vermeulen has been active in ACS for over 30 years and has served in various capacities as committee chair, director and generous donor of plant material for ACS raffles and auctions.

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