Friday, May 28, 2010

Another golden seedling

This one is Pinus strobus. The other is dead.

Taylor's Sunburst-ing

Probably at it's peak for the season.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pinus parviflora 'Dr. Landis'

A Japanese white pine cultivar with yellow new growth. This is a graft I made with scion from a friend's plant early in 2009

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Acer longipes 'Gold Coin'

A new maple for me this spring. Another plant from sent from Canada. This one arrived looking pretty sad. Dry and dropping leaves. A cool late spring may have eased it's transition to Iowa because it is pushing out new growth now.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Pinus pumila 'Blue Note'

A very slow growing pine. Maybe an inch each year.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Shirasawanum 'Aureum' before the ravages of summer. Red in the veins and on the margins. Perfect!

Monday, May 17, 2010

3 Korean Gems

A, B and C

2 boys and 1 maple

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Worth revisiting

Kasagi Yama in the rain. Worth a second look.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Sometimes the boys get a little crazy with the toys. Superman met his kryptonite here tonight.

See I can take a non plant photo.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

More cones

A cluster of cones on Japanese white pine (Pinus parviflora) at the Iowa Arboretum. Summer 2009.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Korean fir cone

Korean fir coning in the spring. Hand pollinated this year, so maybe some interesting seedlings in the future.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

A few new grafts

I got these small conifers from Whistling Gardens in Canada. My 1st imports! They arrived yesterday.

Pinus strobus 'Horsham' X 'Contorta'

Pinus parviflora 'Linda'

Abies lasiocarpa 'Prickly Pete'

Friday, May 07, 2010

Taxodium distichum 'Pevé Minaret'

Another bald cypress cultivar. This from early spring 2010. Check back in the summer to see the rest of the show.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Abies koreana 'Kohout's Icebreaker'

Witches broom from cultivar named 'Hortsmann's Silberlocke' with beautiful, recurved needles. This one should be a very nice silver-green pillow in 3 or 4 years.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Picea pungens 'Hoopsii'

Hoops blue spruce. One of the finest for color.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Acer palmatum 'Tsukushi gata'

A great, dark, purple-red. This one is tucked in under my burning bushes and has been in the ground for 4 or 5 years. It suffered from rabbit damage a couple of winters, but has done well with protection the past two years.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Shirasawanum comparison

Acer shirasawanum doesn't have nearly as many cultivars as Acer palmatum. However it is a bit more cold hardy. Here is a photo of the leaves of a number of my shirasawanums.