Conifer For Display Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Lisa Beach
Arcadia, CA
Question by lisabeach
April 5, 2004
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 from NGA
April 5, 2004


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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