Special Dennis Dodge Grafts Available at 2017 ACS National Meeting Auction

By Web Editor in Event info and Collectors Conifers

These conifers were acquired by John O’Brien of O’Brien Nursery at the estate sale of Dennis Dodge several years ago. John has cared for these conifers since and several are very special offerings. The release of these special plants will only be offered at the NE Regional/National Auctions. The ACS is truly indebted to John for these special conifers.

Every conifer in the listing below was repotted and professionally top & root pruned by Elmer Dustman. Elmer is a student of William Valavanis, a Bonsai Master, so you can be assured of each plant’s quality and integrity.

The list was “vetted” by our very own ACS Conifer Nomenclature Expert, Dave Olszyk. We took photos of each conifer in early July this year. Any further information available on the listing, as given below, is very welcome.

PlantsMap.com has created special labels for this collection. Each plant will have an anodized aluminum label listing genus, species and cultivar. Also on the label will be “American Conifer Society, Syracuse, NY 2017”, and the phrase, “A Dennis Dodge Graft”. A “–QR” Code on the label can be scanned by smartphones which, among other features, takes you to the PlantsMap website where you can access the information listed below. PlantsMap.com, Bill Blevins and and Dave Olszyk of ACS are meeting in Syracuse to discuss the possibility of the –QR Code also interacting with the ACS conifer data base and/or featuring specimens from member’s conifer collections. A special thanks to Bill & Tracy Blevins of PlantsMap.com for doing this.

Please review the list below. Pics are available and are identified by their IMG_number.

Abies balsamea 'Gold': This name doesn't come up anywhere, so it's either unique, or might be Abies balsamea 'Golden Eye,' which was a witch's broom found by Josh Horky at a place called Golden Eye Lake which is NE of Duluth, MN. (IMG_2808)

Abies koreana 'Blue Emperor': That one's good. Unknown origin from Europe (Holland or Poland), late 1990s. (IMG_2809)

Picea abies 'Claudine': The name's fine. A weird looking telephone pole of a plant found by Kevin Fechke, New Hampshire, in 2010. (IMG_2811)

Picea omorika 'Osmaston #1': The name's fine. Globose form, juvenile foliage. A seedling selection made by Osmaston Conifer Nursery of Tasmania, Australia. (IMG_2815)

Picea orientalis 'Abel': The name should be 'Aebel Skylands Seedling.' Named and introduced by Buchholz Nursery, Gaston, Oregon, in 2009. (IMG_2817)

Picea orientalis 'Little Kya': I have no idea. This name comes up nowhere. Could be unique. (IMG_2818)

Picea orientalis 'Skylands Prostrata': This should be 'Skylands Prostrate' (1959 rule). Unknown origin. Could very well be a cultivariant (grafted branch). (IMG_2819)

Picea orientalis 'Skylands Seedling #1' (Two) Iseli nursery recently renamed this one 'Firefly.' (IMG_2820) & & (IMG_2822)

Picea pungens 'Everett' (on standard). Name is fine. Can’t find much on it. Unknown origin from somewhere in the USA. Almost smells like one of the many mid-west finds. Bill Barger or Denny Hermsen might be able to provide some insight. (IMG_2823)

Sciadopitys verticillata 'Variegata': Name is fine. This is an old cultivar that was brought into Leiden, The Netherlands from Japan in 1859 by botanist P.F. von Siebold. (IMG_2824)

Taxus baccata 'Aldenham Gold': Name is fine. Very nice narrow conical, golden dwarf cultivar. Seedling selected in mid 1980s by J.W. Archer, Farnham, UK. Most likely introduced to the trade by Kenwith Nursery/Gordon Haddow. (IMG_2825)