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New Additions to the Conifer Database (8 Replies)

Posted September 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

We are working on having a way to show you What’s New in the site from the Home Page and hope to have it finished by next month. In the meantime, let’s use this thread to list the newest cultivars added to the database. And ACS members registered with the website who have good pictures of specimen cultivars are encouraged to add theirs to the record too.

Fresh off the presses is Picea engelmannii ‘Jasper’
I also added a nice picture of a grove of Pinus albicaulis that I saw while on vacation at Crater Lake N.P. last year.
Hard to believe the database didn’t have Thuja plicata ‘Haley Bop’ represented. She’s here now!
How about a stunning, year-round gold pine: Pinus sylvestris ‘Trollguld’
Last but not least, here’s Picea abies ‘Cobra’. I really like snaky conifers.

Enjoy the tour. And please add your comments to what you’re finding below.


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Posted September 30, 2013 at 8:53 pm

It’s a rainy day, so there’s more . . .
from the Jerry Morris Collection, here Pinus ponderosa ‘Pondy’
also from Jerry is Pinus monticola ‘Snow White’ one of the few cultivars of this species.
How about one of the few Abies siberica cultivars that can be found in the country, ‘Liptovsky Hradok’

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Posted September 30, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Thanks for the heads up, Dave.
I was on that trip to Iseli a few years ago and saw Cobra for the first time. He’s my snap. (I think, of the same one on the office grounds there but 90 degrees from where you were standing.)

At our NER meeting a few months later there was a 3-4 footer available at our (unofficial) tailgate sale in the parking lot Sunday AM after the meeting and I snapped it up. It’s been in the ground two years now and doesn’t have any real skirt to show for it such that I’m ashamed to show it to you. The differences in growing conditions (the Willamette Valley of Oregon vs. the Maine seacoast) might have something to do with that :-(

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Posted November 8, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Recent additions and revisions:

Does anybody know Ray Godfrey? Who was that guy? If you know, add to the Comments.

We’re now a fan of Ogi

Momma mia! Bella Bambino

Czech out Abies alba Bystřička‘

At the risk of creating a Brew-hah-hah, this is one of the rarest conifers still to be found in its native environment in the USA.

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Posted November 8, 2013 at 8:54 pm

brew-hah-hah? Hah! Actually Picea breweriana is pretty scarce but Torreya taxifolia is the one that we’re really worried about losing. If you can get cuttings and get it going, then get on it!

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Posted November 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Nice going, Dave! Love that ‘Cobra’ and all of your snaky plants. I want a ‘Haley Bop’ for my very own…

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Posted July 15, 2016 at 1:44 pm

Since so many cultivars &/or varieties have very subtle differences between them, it would be good to have a note stating that “This selection is similar to X & Y, but is different in specific aspects. And of course, knowing the area from which the comment came would be very useful.
This is not a criticism of what’s here, it’s just a suggestion (as the site progresses) to become more useful to those of us who are less knowledgeable.
I thank all that have contributed so much over the years! Hopefully at some point I’ll be able to contribute.
Phin Tuthill

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Posted July 15, 2016 at 8:42 pm

Hi Phin, that’s actually a pretty good idea, we just have to be careful of the tone of what we’re trying to say. I’m sure you’re aware that there are literally thousands of ‘dwarf, globose’ Norway spruce and Mugo pines that are virtually identical with the exception of the plant tag. If we said in a ConiferBase record that, Pinus mugo ‘xyz’ bears a striking resemblance to thousands of cultivars currently in the nursery trade, it would appear disrespectful to the individual who introduced the plant and the grower who’s trying to market it.

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Posted July 15, 2016 at 10:19 pm

Thanks for the input, David. Agreed. That’s why I suggested the person’s location, as the plant characteristics can vary quite a bit with location (not to mention soil type, annual rain fall, high & low temps in both summer & winter – etc.).
Therefore, I’m hoping someone in the Mid-Atlantic (like I am) can say that certain characteristics are similar or different to x &/or y, but that may not be the case elsewhere.

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