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Dwarf conifers and Japanese maples are excellent options for virtually all gardens, and especially urban and suburban sites where space is limited. They combine compact, refined habits with brilliant colors, intriguing textures, and cool cones and seeds. Plus, they are hardy and extremely low maintenance.

Conifer Kingdom in Oregon caters to customers across the nation who appreciate unique dwarf evergreens and superior Japanese maples. We offer dwarf pine, dwarf spruce, and dwarf fir selections, all essential landscape elements in colder parts of the country (Zones 2-8). These dwarf evergreens range in size, texture, color, and form. Dwarf pines, including Japanese pine, Korean pine, Jack pine, and laceleaf Chinese pine, produce unique sculptural forms. Dwarf spruce trees take extremely cold conditions, and true fir trees offer exciting foliage color and striking cones.

Our stock of Japanese maple trees includes well over 100 selections in a dazzling range. With finely dissected foliage or broader, palmate foliage, our dwarf Japanese maple trees offer appealing options for even the most sophisticated landscape.

Conifer Kingdom is a retail, mail-order nursery focusing on dwarf evergreens and Japanese maples -- plants that grow slowly and maintain year-round beauty. We grow all of our plants in containers. They are available in a variety of sizes, from small band pots to dramatic, specimen sizes as big as #200 (~200 gallon) containers for some varieties.

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Loads of magenta and red cones on bright blue foliage. Cones in late spring and summer - color last months. By far the best dwarf with profuse cones and a top 10 conifer, period!

For specimen sizes, please take a look at these listings: Specimens 3' Specimens 3'
A somewhat open tree, this American larch produces an upright central leader and weeping branches that hang close to the trunk. The bright green needles of the deciduous conifer change to yellows and oranges before falling for winter.

For specimen sizes, please take a look at these listings: Specimens 8'
Vigorous, versatile and unbelievably easy to grow, this small, dramatic Full Moon maple boasts orange-red highlights on yellow leaves. The unusual coloring, strongest in full sun, lasts from when leaves emerge in spring until they go rich orange-red in fall. In shade, leaves start out with orange-red highlights, and settle on yellow in early summer.

For specimen sizes, please take a look at these listings: Specimens 5.5' Specimens 5.5'
Top 5!!! The clusters of long, bluish-green needles on this outstanding broad, pyramidal pine are so delicate even the slightest wind moves them. A witches broom found in Germany on Pinus x schwerinii (a cross between P. strobus and P. wallichiana), the spectacular cultivar produces an abundance of oversized sappy cones. Plants can be pruned to stay beautifully tight and soft; left unpruned, plants become unique informal uprights with pillowy branches. Both forms will impress admiring gardeners. Found and named by Mr. Wieting who lives in Gieelhorst, Germany; Pinus x schwerinii was found in the German town Schwerin.

For specimen sizes, please take a look at these listings: Specimens 5.75' Specimens 6' Specimens 7.5' Specimens 5.5'

Understanding Dwarf Conifers

Conifers range from tiny to massive, but the American Conifer Society defines four categories: miniature, dwarf, intermediate and large. Although the term "dwarf conifers" is frequently used to refer to evergreens that are smaller than full size, the more specific ACS descriptions will help you choose plants that maintain the size and growth rates you expect.

Miniature conifers grow extremely slowly, less than an inch a year. In 10 to 15 years, they will remain smaller than one foot. We recommend them for troughs, rock gardens, and miniature railroads.

Dwarf conifers can be almost as small as miniatures, but will not exceed six feet in 10-15 years. They can grow up to six inches a year, but they increase in size slowly. Use dwarf conifers for year-round structure and interest in large containers and small gardens.

Intermediate conifers are about the size of large shrubs. They range from six to 15 feet in 10-15 years and grow between half a foot and a foot each year. Use them to create privacy screens, anchor garden beds, and as accents.

Large conifers can be 15 feet or more. They grow more than a foot a year and typically need plenty of room.

 

 

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Planting Instructions

Most dwarf evergreens perform best in full sun, though some yellow/golden conifers prefer part shade. Check specific plant descriptions for sun and shade recommendations.

Most Japanese maples grow best in partial shade. Variegated and tender varieties can burn in afternoon sun. Check specific plant descriptions for sun and shade recommendations.

Plant dwarf conifers and dwarf Japanese maples in well-drained soil. Maples have shallow roots and need good drainage. Slightly acidic pH is ideal (a pH around 6.0 is ideal). For a container planting, use a bark-based or peat-based soil mix.

Prepare the site well by digging a hole slightly wider and just as deep as the rootball. Set the tree in the hole and carefully press the removed soil firmly into the hole. Ensure there are no air pockets, which can dry out the root ball. The top of the root closest to the surface should be flush width the soil level

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