The Q&A Archives: Conifer For Display Garden

Question: Hello,
I'm working on a design for a garden show and am looking for a conifer for my design that has nice structure and mature growth characteristics as a young tree, straight from the nursery. The design will only be up one week. I like the look of the Japanese Black Pine, but does it look somewhat like a mature tree when it is young? Do you have any other suggestions?

Thank you,

Answer: Most juvenile pines look awkward and straggly. An exception is the Mugho pine; from the start it is a shrubby, symmetrical little pine. Another possibility is the White Pine. It forms a symmetrical pyramid with horizontal branches in youth then becomes broad, open, and irregular with age.

Hope you find just the right tree for your design!

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