We finally got a reprieve from our wet, cold weather. Just in time for the annual inspection of the conifer troops at the Harper Collection of Dwarf and Unusual Conifers at MSU’s Hidden Lake Gardens. One of the interesting things about making repeated trips to a conifer collection like this is that different conifers stand out each time. Whether due to lighting, background foliage, your mood, whatever; it seems like there are different stars each time.
Here are some of today’s standouts.
Pinus contorta var. latifolia ‘Chief Joseph’
‘Chief Joseph’ lodgepole pine. Discovered in the wild near Joseph, Oregon where Chief Joseph, leader of the Nez Pierce once lived.
Abies concolor ‘Blue cloak’
‘Blue cloak’ concolor fir (white fir for people living on the West coast). One of the most intense blue forms of color fir – rivals virtually any Colorado blue spruce.
Sciadopitys verticillata ‘Joe Kozy’
‘Joe Kozy’ Japanese umbrella pine. Sciadopitys is one of the most primitive forms of conifers with fossils dating back over 230 million years. This cultivar was selected for its fastigiate growth by Sidney Waxman at the University of Connecticut.
And, of course, they always look great when you put them together. For more info on these and other conifers check out the American Conifer Society Conifer database.