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New Cultivars Worth Talking About (10 Replies)

Posted August 27, 2013 at 11:15 pm

If you’re a collector, what new cultivars are you interested in? If you’re a grower, what are you working on? Let’s talk about interesting new plants that we might want to know about.

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Posted August 28, 2013 at 7:25 pm

this is a great idea for a thread, Sean. Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Filip’s Golden Tears’ has been at the top of my want list for quite a long time. It’s relatively new in America, having been discovered in Holland. An added wrinkle for lawsons is that in order for them to survive for the long term, it’s recommended that they are grafted on phytophthera-resistant (DR) rootstock. This in itself is fairly new and somewhat scarce in the nursery trade. Here is a picture:

This was taken by Edwin Smits of Volkel, The Netherlands. He is a friend of mine and the guy who discovered it as a seedling mutation of Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Dik’s Weeping.’ Rumor has it that this may be offered as an auction plant at the ACS Western Region Meeting in September.

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Posted August 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Dave that’s gorgeous. I’m afraid that I don’t always know ‘what’s new’, I only know what’s new to me. I am quite taken with the little A. koreana ‘Kahout’s Ice Breaker’ but it is a tad precious for my garden. I’m more inclined towards any new Pinus ponderosa or jeffreyii. I do love my Cedrus deodara Feelin’ Sunny (‘MonKinn’) that I got at the ACS auction last October. Gotta love these auctions….

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Posted August 28, 2013 at 9:28 pm

‘Kouhout’s Icebreaker’ is so new to the world we really don’t know what it’s going to look like long-term. First everybody thought that it was going to be a dwarf globose. Now many of the first plantings are beginning to develop leaders making us believe that it will eventually present itself as a squatty little tree. I have three in various locations including one that was among the first released by Dennis Dodge in 2006 and another that’s on a standard done by Bob Fincham.

As for the jeffreyiis, have you gotten ahold of ‘Joppi’ or ‘Silver Mist’ yet? They are the only two cultivars I’m aware of. Thanks to Jerry Morris, there are lots of dwarf ponderosas out there. Larry Stanley has a few of them to offer. A very rare and obscure Pinus ponderosa is ‘Mosier Loop Broom’ discovered by Don Howse in the Columbia Gorge. I grafted a handful last winter. Unfortunately only one is alive and will soon have a place of honor in my pine collection.

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Posted August 29, 2013 at 9:13 am

That C.l. ‘Filip’s Golden Tears is fantastic! Are there any mail-order nurseries offering this plant that you’re aware of? I’d love to add one to my collection.

A series of new cultivars which I find interesting are relatives of Picea orientalis ‘Skylands’: seedlings, mutations, cultivariants and the like. In addition to the well known ‘Tom Thumb’ (which originated as a witches’ broom on a ‘Skylands’ growing in New Jersey discovered in the 1970s), there are some interesting new selections. A plant called ‘Iseli Seedling’ has been offered by Coenosium Gardens, and there’s also the ‘#1 Sdlng Skylands’ which is being evaluated at Iseli. Dennis Dodge at Bethlehem nursery offers a plant called ‘Lil Sky’, which is described as a dwarf seedling selection of ‘Skylands’. Another seedling is being offered at Coenosium Gardens, called ‘Sunrise’.

Dennis Dodge offers a plant called ‘Skylands Prostrate’, presumably a cultivariant. I recently came across a plant which looks like a cultivariant.

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If this were my plant, I’d cut off what looks the nascent leader.

I also found a really interesting mutation of Skylands. It looks like a mutation occurred about 7 feet off the ground, above which point this ‘Skylands’ assumes a tight, fastigiate form. I grafted a few last winter, and it’ll be interesting to see if the growth habit is maintained in the daughter plants.

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-Alex

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Posted September 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Alex,
I like your Skylands, specially the towering one. It seems a special kind, I guess it needs a name.

My favorite ‘Skylands’ is this one, photographed in Clement Anthoine’s Pinetum in Belgium.

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Posted September 3, 2013 at 6:10 pm

That is one strange ‘Skylands’, Alex!

Dave, I have two ‘Joppi’s! I love them. They have so much structure. I am not familiar with ‘Silver Mist’ but will keep an eye out for it. I have P. ponderosa ‘Tasha’ and ‘Big Boomer’. Love ’em all. Will be interesting to see what ‘Kouhouts’ does. Wish that I had begun this obsession earlier in life…

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Posted September 10, 2013 at 8:01 pm

I’m a sucker for mini Abies concolors. This one is Abies concolor ‘Waukon’ that I picked up a Gee’s during the ACS convention in 2012. I know little of its heritage (other than it evidently came from Waukon, Iowa), and perhaps it is only new to me, but it has the makings of a dandy.

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Posted September 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Aw….

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Posted September 11, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Tom that’s the kind of tree that will simply curl the toes of those afflicted with Addicted Conifer Syndrome (ACS). ‘Waukon’ will always be super rare because it clearly make very much scionwood and besides that, Abies concolor doesn’t grow well everywhere. Great plant!

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