(Dwarf Snapdragon, Summer Skies Dwarf Snapdragon)
Small, fairy-like, deep powdery-blue flowers open above the petite leaves of this dwarf snapdragon, ‘Summer Skies.’ A short-lived perennial, it is descended from a species native of the lands around the Mediterranean Sea. It is a small, branching plant with leaves that are rounded to perhaps heart-shaped, dark green above and purple on the underside. From mid-spring through summer, small branching stems rise above the leaves and are adorned with small cup or bell-shaped flowers that are medium, azure...
(Lawson's Falsecypress, Port Orfordcedar)
Elegant, flattened, fan-like sprays of foliage clothe the drooping branches of this noble evergreen conifer from the far western United States. In the wild it forms a majestic conical tree with a massive buttressed trunk and thick shredding silver-brown to red-brown bark. In gardens it is mostly known by its numerous cultivars, which come in many shapes, sizes, and colors.
The tiny, scale-like, green to blue-green leaves clasp and overlap along flexuous branchlets, forming ferny growths. The...
Short flattened sprays of bright yellow foliage clothe this dwarf selection of a majestic evergreen conifer from the far western United States. The tiny, scale-like, golden-yellow to greenish-yellow leaves clasp and overlap along tightly bunched branchlets, forming upright sprays of foliage. Bruised leaves emit a pungent resinous odor. Globular when young, this cultivar eventually forms a conical head-high shrub.
Grow 'Lutea Nana' in full to partial sun and moist well-drained soil. It will fail...
James H. Schutte
(Alaska Falsecypress, Nootka Falsecypress)
Gentle, drooping sprays of needle leaves give the stately Nootka falsecypress an airy texture. A tall, narrowly pyramidal evergreen tree, it is native to the humid mountainous areas of northwestern North America. The pendulous branchlets have flattened sprays of scale-like needles, grayish or bluish green but without the typical white markings on the undersides of other falsecypress species. If crushed, the needles release a skunk-like odor. Male and female cones appear in spring, but are small...
Mark A. Miller
(Alaska Falsecypress, Golden Alaska Falsecypress)
Selected in Germany in 1891, ‘Aurea,’ is a colorful selection of Alaska falsecypress with bright yellow new spring growth that slowly matures to bright medium green. A tall, pyramid-like evergreen tree, it is native to the humid mountainous areas of northwestern North America.
The long, semi-pendulous foliage is found in flattened, vertically held sprays of scale-like needles below the branches. The needles emerge yellow and fade to yellow-green by early summer and then mature to medium green....
Mark A. Miller
(Alaska Falsecypress, Jubilee Alaska Falsecypress)
Light to medium green needles don the irregular, downward branches that look like sagging shoulders and arms on the Jubilee Alaska falsecypress. An upright, spire-like evergreen, it's native to the humid mountainous areas of northwestern North America, but resembles a tree that would appear on the cartooned pages of a Dr. Seuss book.
The long, pendulous foliage is found in flattened, vertically held sprays of scale-like needles below the branches. The foliage lacks the white markings on the needle...
(Alaska Falsecypress, Weeping Alaska Falsecypress)
Robust, drooping sprays of seafoam-green needles are the ornamental forte of ‘Pendula,’ a magnificently elegant weeping selection of Alaska falsecypress. A tall, pyramid-like evergreen tree, it is native to the humid mountainous areas of northwestern North America.
The long, pendulous foliage is found in flattened, vertically held sprays of scale-like needles below the branches. The needles are light seafoam green with blue casts, and lack the white markings on the underside common in other falsecypress...
(Alaska Falsecypress, Variegated Alaska Falsecypress)
Pale creamy yellow and bluish-green needle leaves give the stately variegated Alaska falsecypress an airy texture. A tall, narrowly pyramidal evergreen tree, it is native to the humid mountainous areas of northwestern North America. The flattened sprays of scale-like needles of 'Variegata' are grayish or bluish green with irregular, raondom light yellow blotches. Needles lack the typical white markings on the undersides of other falsecypress species. If crushed, the needles release a skunk-like...
Gerald L. Klingaman
A sacred tree in its native Japan, this coniferous evergreen forms a handsome broadly conical specimen with dark green scale-like leaves and flat fan-like branch tips. The foliage has white bands underneath. Leaves on young plants and some cultivars are small and needle-like. Large specimens have handsome reddish-brown bark that exfoliates in narrow strips. The small globular cones are green maturing to reddish brown. Many cultivars are available, including dwarf, prostrate, variegated, and gold-leaved...
(Arneson's Compact' Hinoki Falsecypress, Hinoki Falsecypress)
'Arneson's Compact' falsecypress is a slow-growing dwarf evergreen shrub native to Japan with a upright, oval habit. It is a dense plant with lots of softened blue-green needles.
Falsecypress should be situated in a full sun location in a moist and well-draining soil. Its smaller mature size, although slow to obtain, makes it perfect for foundation plantings or as a specimen in a mixed border, large rockery or cemetery. Protect it from cold, dry winter winds.