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Garden conifers

Hughes trailing juniper is a low, spreading shrub with silvery blue foliage

Explore the plants in this bed and pick out your favorite. These trees are small enough for practically any garden space, no matter how limited! You will truly be astounded by the unique shapes, colors, and sizes to be found in this collection.

Visible from the Conifer Collection is the very recently installed garden conifer section at The Morton Arboretum. This large area provides a very unique opportunity to view garden conifers within the larger collection. This bed is surrounded by spruce on the south, hemlocks and yews to the west, and pines to the north.

Within the Garden Conifer section, the visitor can view different types of conifers up close, observing differences between spruce, fir, pines, and yews side-by-side. Likewise, the great diversity of forms, textures, and colors available to the ambitious conifer gardener can be easily appreciated. Most of these trees are cultivars that have been selected for their slow growth, small mature size and unique shapes. These are an incredible resource for the home gardener, as they offer a great variety of color, shape, and texture, without needing the ample space of most fast-growing coniferous trees. In addition, some deciduous trees that are highly compatible with conifers have been included.

There are many noteworthy specimens to look for, including a cultivar of Korean Fir, known as silver tresses Korean fir (Abies koreana 'Silberlocke'), with highly curved needles and a silvery underside. One of the most interesting yews available is Taxus baccata 'Amersfoot'. It has a tight but somewhat irregular form and small rounded needles. A cultivar of common juniper, Juniperus communis 'Golden Schnapps', has a narrow, upright habit and bright, gold color on new foliage. The complete garden has well over one hundred types of plants, all with interesting and unique qualities.