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Purchasing cultivars (3 Replies)

Posted July 6, 2015 at 10:18 am

Hello friends,

I have recently watched the videos posted on our site, and have fallen in love with a couple conifer cultivars. I must say, the videos are a really wonderful addition to our site! Once I noticed them, I watched them all at once. It would be great to have somebody film our field trips with that same quality and post them on the site. We could then show high quality videos on cultivars and the wild forms they are derived from.

How would I purchase a specimen of Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Chirimen’, and/or Cryptomeria japonica ‘Rasen’? Unfortunately, my local nursery doesn’t carry and of these.

I live near Ottawa Ontario Canada. Is there anywhere that I can order rare conifers online?

I live in a condo with a porch that gets sun until about 2:00 pm in the summer. Would most conifers grow alright in pots in this location?

Has anyone grown Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Wissel’s Saguaro’? This was the only interesting one at my nursery.

Thank you

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Posted July 6, 2015 at 11:20 am

Hi Clay,

You have several options. You can ask your local nursery to order a plant from one of their wholesale suppliers (this works well if you have time to wait). Or you can mail order the plants. I got my ‘Chirimen’ online from Conifer Kingdom, and I’d recommend them, although there are certainly other good options out there. Incidentally, I was lucky enough to have a local nursery (Maple Ridge Nursery) which grows ‘Rasen,’ so I picked up mine there. Maple Ridge will also ship plants for you, but you have to call them to make arrangements (i.e. they don’t have a shopping cart and on-line checkout).

One comment: I’m not sure about the cold hardiness of Cryptomeria up in Canada.


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Posted July 6, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Clay – I’ve got two ‘Wissel’s Saguaro’. I think that they are pretty cool. However in this part of the world I only buy Chamaecyparis lawsoniana if it is grafted onto disease-resistant rootstock. They are phytopthera magnets. Regarding sun exposure, you should do ok in your location if you don’t overwater. Chamacyparis are particularly easy-going about taking a bit of shade. Another option for acquiring unusual plants is to come to our annual or regional meetings and participate in the plant auctions!

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Posted July 6, 2015 at 6:18 pm

Thank you very much, Dean and Sara! I really appreciate the prompt and very knowledgeable replies.

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