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Picea pungens – how much shade can it tolerate? (12 Replies)

Posted June 4, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Jami I worry that Japanese maples may not like Zone 5b. We need Dave Stegmaier to jump back in! I actually really like some crabapples – – ‘Professor Sprenger’ has apple-blossom white/pink flowers but more importantly orange fruit that (here) lingers for months. I think in zone 5b you may want a nicer winter silhouette, however. I will ponder but we need some midwestern peeps to weigh in!

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Posted June 5, 2014 at 12:15 am

Thanks Dave. Cool Picture. I have about 25 different (Beautiful) Japanese Maples (only can find maybe 3-4 of the same variety for sale in our area for our zone/supply stinks for Jap maples just like dwarf conifers and everything else), but have to protect them from the winter winds every fall because they do not prefer our zone as much as south of where we are, but that hasn’t stopped me. I have loved them for years just like my dwarf conifers so I try to create zones that are protected in my planting’s and possibly try to create a warmer zone 6.
My question for a rec for a faster growing tree…I usually use native redbud tree’s or certain magnolias if I need taller shade fast (within 3-4 years) as the native redbud grows extremely fast from seed and can provide quick shade. I just get tired of the seedings/weeding. I just wanted to pick your brain to see if there was anything you liked that was new. I like to look for dwarf size deciduous trees that are unusual so I can plant islands. Nothing I have is the usual in my garden. I wish I could go to the meeting, but I do make road trips with my friends and we have been known to rent empty cargo vans to shop at some great Nurseries and find some beautiful specimens that way. Can’t usually see each other because of tree branches between us on the drive home, but it is worth it and is fun. At least until all the great gardeners & hybridizers are put out of business by the big box stores (BOO!). Possibly why I can’t find a good grafting class offered.

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Posted June 5, 2014 at 12:25 am

Hey Thanks Sara! I have a few crabs. I will look into Professor Sprenger. I do not know that one. My Prairie Fire keeps its fruit a long time too. I watch the birds tug at them and try to fly away (NO LUCK) all winter, then a squirrel usually figures out how to get really fat eating them in late winter. I also like the lollypop Crabs, but have not had success finding them for sale in my area at all. You would think that the midwest would have lots of choices because there are so many concentrated areas, but that is just not the case here. Thanks for your recommendation Sara!!

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