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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!

Jack Pine – Pinus banksiana ‘ Uncle Fogy’

Commonly called a jack pine, this variety got its name from its spring bud tips which drool resin and reminded some conifer wag of on old fogy. A weeping, twisting tree that demands training, it can be made to grow into some unusual shapes. Jerry talks about how you can – and should – train irregular growers like Uncle Fogy.

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Pinus banksiana 'Uncle Fogy'

Japanese Red Pine – Pinus densiflora ‘ Burke’s Red Variegated’

One of the better Japanese red pines, this is sometimes call Oculus Draconis’ (or O.D’ for Dragon’s Eye) because of the creamy yellow band on the needles which, when clustered and viewed head on, resemble the eye of the beast.

Japanese Umbrella Pine – Sciadopitys verticillata ‘Golden Parasol’

The Japanese Umbrella pine gets its name from the many narrow whorled leaves that resemble the ribs of an umbrella. Fossil records show it to be 230 million years old predating our common pines which explains why it’s a unique conifer classified as its own family. Jerry’s is a ‘Golden Parasol’ cultivar.

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Sciadopitys verticillata 'Golden Parasol'

Chinese arborvitae — Platycladus orientalis ‘Morgan’

Jerry shows off his two Morgan’s Chinese arborvitae, a cultivar that ACS classifies as a “miniature,” ideal for rock gardens and troughs. In the right location, over the growing season it transitions from lime green, to deep green to purple and then orange in winter.

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Platycladus orientalis 'Morgan'

A Visit to Ed Rezek’s Garden

In the winter of 1995 Rich and Susie Eyre of Rich’s Foxwillow Pines Nursery of Woodstock, IL, made a trip to Long Island to visit Ed Rezek who then took the couple to visit a couple of other notable conifer collectors’ gardens, including that of Joe Reis, who had since passed away. Rich made this hour-long home video of their visit.