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Re: Totem pole cypress trees

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Cupressus sempervirens 'Totem Pole'

Hi, Chris,
Cupressus sempervirens 'Totem Pole' grows quite quickly and gets to be at least 10m tall at maturity. I don't think it is the best choice for a container. There is a cultivar called 'Tiny Tower' and another called 'Skinny Princess' (a healthier plant than 'Tiny Tower), both of white are much smaller and better suited for container growing but I am not sure how widely it is available in the UK.
Alternatively, you could try something like Juniperus scopulorum 'Blue Arrow' which reaches about 2.5m or, even smaller is something like Juniperus communis 'Compressa'.
All the best,
Kathy C

  • Posted: Wed. 20th May 2015 16:59

Re: Re: Re: Leylandii as specimen tree

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Leylandii x Cupressocyparis

Hi, Cole,
Just wanted to add my two pence :) . I would go with Juniperus communis 'Skyrocket' - buy fairly large specimens and they have a good growth rate (not Leyland growth - that's just abnormal) for conifers. I had them in a former garden and they put on noticeable height each year. Just make sure when buying larger specimens to take great care to ensure proper planting. Conifers as a general rule hate to be moved about/transplanted.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Wed. 3rd August 2011 19:32

Re: Leylandii as specimen tree

Message from Valerie Munro

In forum: Leylandii x Cupressocyparis

Hi Barbara

I'm wondering if you have got the correct name for the conifer that you're planning to plant - the leyland cypress (x Cupressocyparis leylandii) is an extremely vigorous plant, reaching 30m in the blink of an eye.

If so, to keep that 'brute' to your dimensions is going to take some doing, and really rather a waste of a plant that, although it has been given some bad press as suburban hedging, in the open ground is a handsome specimen.

If you wish to have a slender, column shaped conifer, as a start please can I introduce you to Juniperus communis 'Hibernica', or Juniperus scopulorum 'Skyrocket'? These two example plants may ultimately (10 years) exceed your height restriction, but they will need absolutely no shaping at all to keep them in their slender columns.

There will be other dwarf conifers to consider that will give you some exciting colours, shapes and textures. I don't want to do the poor leylandii down, but excitement is not a word that I would use for it, unless it is planted in the middle of a rolling landscape where it can do its own thing, and beautifully.

I hope that this helps

Auntie Planty

  • Posted: Mon. 1st August 2011 07:45

Re: Where to plant my Juniper trees

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Juniperus communis

Hi, Deone,
I think it is safe to assume you have a cultivar of Juniperus communis that will remain 2-3m high. Was there anything else in the name, perhaps in single quotes? In most cases with Juniperus, male and female cones are borne on separate plants but it doesn't really matter since the cones are not much of a feature.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 18th April 2011 19:17

Where to plant my Juniper trees

Comment from Deone Loots

In forum: Juniperus communis

The note that came with my juniper trees was A small tree from 2-3m high which makes an excellent evergreen hardy hedge with blue berries for flavouring gin or in pickles, chutney and marinades. It is supposed to be a Juniperus Communis according to the note, but your shoot says that it can grow to 10m tall!!! Do I have the same tree? I was actually hoping to plant it in a bedding in front of a house and keep it small through pruning - but am not sure if that is the best way to go? Any advice? How would I know if I have male or female trees and is it a problem if they are both the same and/or not planted together?

  • Posted: Fri. 15th April 2011 19:18

Juniperus communis

Comment from Miriam Mesa-Villalba

In forum: Juniperus communis

The juniper is unisexual: male and female flowers grow on separate trees. The male flowers are small yellow cones, but the female flowers are green, ripening into green berries in the first year, then turning dark purple in the second. When fully ripe the berries are used for flavouring meat and gin.

  • Posted: Fri. 15th May 2009 18:05