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suitable conifers for windy high mountain top in NC (2 Replies)

Posted June 13, 2015 at 4:47 pm

I posted a question in the SE chapter Facebook page but no replies so far. I want to use medium and low growing conifers on a sunny south facing bank (160 ft. x 55 ft.)on top of Bearwallow Mountain near Asheville, NC (Elev. 3800 ft). I am told that the wind can be very strong (“hurricane force”), that there will be ice storms and snow but of short duration (usually melts by next day). Last two winters saw night temps at around zero. So far I have selected Picea orientalis ‘Nana’, Picea a. Pumila, Picea a. Pendula, Picea pungens Globosa, Picea mariana Ericoides, different varieties of Pinus banksiana, mugo, parviflora, sylvestris, thunbergii, leucodermis, nigra, bungeana.

I need spreading low growing Juniper to grow around and between the above conifers. All I could find locally and as far as Hickory, NC are communis ‘Green Carpet’, va. ‘Gray Owl, chin. ‘Angelica Blue, pfitz. ‘Gold Coast’, procumbens ‘Nana’. Anyone know of juniper nursery sources within 50 miles of Asheville? When I designed gardens in NJ, junipers were available everywhere, but not here. Any reason?

My second question, for the same project I need conifers to create wind screens. Will Thuja ‘Green Giant’ survive fierce winds and ice?
Western NC has generally mild winters of short duration and rarely over 90 in the summer with cool (50’s and 60’s) nights.
I would be so grateful for suggestions and recommendations.

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Posted June 15, 2015 at 11:47 am

There are two long time ACS members who have conifer nurseries in your area and I’m sure that if you contact either or both, they would be happy to discuss this issue with you. The first is Michael Balogh from Mountain Meadows Nursery in Weaverville NC. The second referral is Bruce Appeldoorn, owner of Appeldoorn Landscape Nursery in Bostic NC. Bruce was the SE ACS president several years ago and both gentlemen are active ACS-ers. Google their nurseries and give them a call! Good luck!

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Posted June 24, 2015 at 3:49 pm

Chattooga Gardens in Cashiers, NC has an excellent selection of conifers, but it’s a bit more than 50 miles from Asheville. Highlands Lawn and Garden is also a a consideration in that area.

I’m not sure about conifers that can withstand high winds, but the nursery folks should be able to help you out.

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