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is it possible berrima gold is really zone 7 (6 Replies)

Posted March 5, 2018 at 8:31 pm

I live in kc mo. Some say zone 6 while others insist still zone 5. I love the calocedrus decurrens berrima gold. I have tried 5 times to grow it. I never have any luck getting them through the winter even though I protect them. I take care of my plants. I don’t buy them to have them die so what I’m wondering is, why can’t I get the damn things to grow? It’s frustrating. All I can figure out is maybe they’re not really a zone 6 like they say. Has anyone ever had any luck with them?

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Posted March 5, 2018 at 8:41 pm

Hi Robert … honestly, I can count the number of healthy ‘Berrima Gold’ I’ve ever seen on one hand that’s missing a couple of fingers. This is a notoriously fussy plant to keep alive. I’ve seen it struggle in USDA Zone 8. Maybe it has something to do with originating in Australia. Given that this species is native to California and n. Oregon, I would give any Calocedrus decurrens little to no chance of living in Kansas; the climate is way too different.

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Posted March 6, 2018 at 10:20 am

Robert Klein in kc mo. Thanks for letting me know about the berrima gold. Makes me feel much better knowing that my difficulties with it weren’t necessarily my fault. Again, thanks for answering.

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Posted March 6, 2018 at 11:27 am

Yeah don’t feel bad. It is my life’s work to grow one of these. I am on my third. At least I’ve learned not to spend a lot of money for a big one (losing #2 was particularly nasty). I”m in CA, zone 9b, and it is just impossible. I seem to be doing much better with ‘Maupin Glow’, even though I don’t like it nearly as much. But at least it lives! And I concur with Dave – I don’t know anyone else who can make it grow, either!

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Posted March 7, 2018 at 10:59 am

Thank you for your reply. It makes me feel better to know I might not have committed arborcide. I agree about Maupin Glow also. I have one and it is doing just fine. At my last house I had several of the regular calocedrus and they grew fast with no problems.

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Posted March 14, 2018 at 1:52 pm

I live in Shoreline, just north of Seattle. I planted a small Berrima Gold about 15 years ago. It’s doing great and is about 8 feet tall. I planted another one about 10 years ago at a property that I maintain. It’s in a tough spot ( sandy soil, near large Doug fir). I had to baby it for a few years with supplemental summer water. It’s growing very slowly but looking great. Also planted a Maupin Glow there. It’s doing ok but in a bit too much shade and not showing much color. Regular Calocedrus planted on the property and also doing fine but growing slowly.

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Posted March 17, 2018 at 12:24 pm

Wow do you have photos? I just want to drool…never saw one that big or that old.

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