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Conifer Videos

Our Society’s mission is the development, conservation and propagation of conifers – with an emphasis on those that are dwarf or unusual -and educating the public about these fascinating trees. We hope these videos will inspire you to get involved with conifers – and The American Conifer Society!

Welcome to the American Conifer Society

Former ACS President Larry Nau and Jerry Kral from Rochester, NY, welcome you to this channel of videos. Jerry gives you an overview of his suburban garden where he has over 300 different conifers growing.

Abies koreana ‘Horstmann’s Silberlocke’ (Korean Fir)

One of the more striking conifers in any garden is this Korean Fir with silver undersides that curl up to show their stuff. Developed in Germany where the name means silver lock, as in a a lock of hair.

Japanese Cedar – Cryptomeria japonica ‘Rasen’

An irregular, twisting Japanese cedar ( Rasen’ is Japanese for ‘barber pole.’ ) it can get to a good size if not pruned. And, as Jerry shows, if the female cones can’t attract male pollen cones, well, they will just grow their own!

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Cryptomeria japonica var. japonica

Hinoki Cypress – Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Chirimen’ & Cham. obtusa ‘Nana’

Jerry shows off his prized Hinoki cypress cultivar, Chirimen, which he likens to a primitive cactus in appearance yet soft to the touch and a singular specimen in any garden.

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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Chirimen'

Table Garden featuring true miniature conifers

If you don’t have the space for a rock garden but have a patio, consider constructing a table garden on a platform with small rocks and miniature conifers.