I have a 7x7 square in a walled corner in which I would like to place a pine
for future Winter Solstice decorating.
The spot is mostely shady. I would like one with some noticeable pine
fragrance and that I can keep below 10 feet in height without too much
effort. Any suggestions?
<< I would like to place a pine
for future Winter Solstice decorating. >><BR><BR>
Is that anything like a Chanuka Bush?
Central NY, Zone 5a, Sunset Zone 40
"A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense." - Woody Allen
|> I have a 7x7 square in a walled corner in which I would like to place a pine |> for future Winter Solstice decorating.|> The spot is mostely shady. I would like one with some noticeable pine |> fragrance and that I can keep below 10 feet in height without too much |> effort. Any suggestions?
There are no conifers that like pruning, and only a few will tolerate
it. Pines are among those that dislike it most. However, a yew (not
actually a conifer) is entirely suitable provided that the soil is
reasonably well drained and not too acid.
There are a few semi-dwarf upright conifers (not all that many),
which might also do. But they would probably take ages to get to a
Not knowing where you are posting from, I won't suggest a species.
|> |> I live in north Los Angeles county which I believe is Sunset magazine's zone |> 18. Wonder how a native tree like Pinon pine would do?
Probably OK, though it won't like the shade much. But you will
have trouble with the problem that ANY conifer that is naturally
small enough will also grow slowly, and none like being pruned
down to size. Pines especially dislike it. You can clip several
to make a hedgy plant, but they will not regrow from old wood, so
you can't cut out bits that have got 'lumpy' and get any regrowth.
I don't think that you can even clip pines, but I might be wrong.
The yews are shade tolerant, though they tend to like more moist
conditions than you may have, and can be kept pruned to small
sizes and any shape you like. I don't know which of the several
plausible species would do best with you.
There are also some yew relatives (e.g. Torreya), which I know
You maybe able to get away with a dwarf alberta spruce (Picea glauca
`Conica'). Unsure where you live, but these trees are rather cheap around
here. They do have spider mite issues though.
I would suggest that you go to a few different local nurseries and see
what they have that meets your hight X width requirements. No matter what
you select, you may still have issues with the low light levels.
Perhaps there are some dwarf cultivars of either Greek or Spanish Fir that
would do well in your area (since they are native to Mediterrean countries).
The species grow large eventually, but some firs are available in dwarf
varieties. Firs are generally quite fragrant.
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